Lucky Millers Hang On For Point
Don Valley Stadium
17 October 2009 3.00pm
Rotherham United's ten men managed to keep visitors Notts County at bay, this afternoon, and hang on for a point and I am sure Ronnie Moore will be saying a big 'thank you' to 'keeper Andy Warrington.
The Millers should have been one up in the opening minutes when a Dale Tonge cross found the head of Drewe Broughton but the returning striker headed just wide of Kasper Schmeicel. Following a corner, minutes later, ex County player, Nick Fenton, headed just wide from almost the same spot. County's first real chance came when Neal Bishop picked up a loose ball and found Matt Richie in the area who forced Warrington to come out and block with his body and the ball fell to Edwards who put it way over the bar. The visitors began to get on top and had a few runs towards goal before Bishop had a shot that went wide and Mike Edwards rose above the Millers defenders and his header rattled the woodwork before Ian Sharps cleared the danger. Leading scorer, Lee Hughes, then sent the Millers fans wild when he went down under a challenge from Nick Fenton and the theatrics that followed would have won him an Oscar, if Miller Bear apeing him hadn't got it first. And when Fenton was yellow carded for the 'challenge' Hughes seem to turn and grin towards the Rotherham fans. The Millers' best chance of the half came when Nicky Law ran at the County defenders and got the ball to Adam Le Fondre whose looping header looked like it would creep under the bar before Schmeichel got his fingertips to it to put it over for a corner.
The Millers had the first chance of the second half when Kevin Ellison was unlucky to see a shot tipped round the post by Schmeichel. Ben Davies was causing the Millers defenders a few problems and Nick Fenton tripped him up just outside the box. Referee Carl Boyeson gave Fenton his second yellow and the tall defender headed for an early bath. The Millers came back into the game after that and twice Law got the ball deep into the box but Broughton was unable to get on the end of them. Then Luke Rodgers, on for Ravenhill, had a shot which looked like it was heading for the back of the net but Warrington stretched and palmed the ball over. Minutes later, the lively Rodgers was tripped outside the box and from the resulting free kick Warrington managed to parry the ball to safety from Davies. Ten minutes before the end, Warrington had to get down and save with his legs from Rodgers and the re-bound was magnificently stopped from going over the line by Pablo Mills who sent the ball wide. Jamie Green, on for Andy Nicholas in the first half, also made a brilliant save when Rodgers was put through on goal, beating Warrington only to see Green hoof the ball off the line over his own crossbar. County and Davies did have the ball in the net and he was running towards the bench to celebrate when he saw the linesman's flag up for off-side.
I thought the first half was very poor today - from both teams. They seemed to step it up a bit in the second half, and the Millers did well to keep a clean sheet with only ten men on the pitch.
I have to say, I have never seen so many players fall down as County players did today and, what, in my opinion, was worse, was the fact that the referee was taken in time and again by these antics. Poor play, County.