Alf Spot on for Millers
13 February 2010 3.00pm
Rotherham United came away with all three points from Sincil Bank this afternoon sending them up to fourth place in the table
The Millers were far the better side in the first half and, but for Imps' 'keeper, Rob Burch, could have gone in at half-time four up. The Millers should have gone one up in ten minutes when skipper, Ian Sharps, won the head tennis that resulted from a corner but his shot ended up just on the wrong side of the top of the net. But it wasn`t long before Adam Le Fondre got the better of City`s defence and skipped inside Moses Swaibu only for the tall defender to haul Le Fondre to the ground. The linesman`s flag went up straight away and referee Jarnail Singh pointed to the penalty spot and then showed Swaibu a red card. Le Fondre tucked the penalty away to give the visitors the lead. As heavy rain started to fall Chris Herd had a shot from twenty-five yards out that sailed past the post. At the other end, Kevin Ellison walked by the City players and found himself one on one with ''keeper Burch. Ellison shot but Burch brought off a good one handed save. Brian Gilmour had a shot that struck the inside of the post and went out to safety while Danny Harrison had two chances in the final minutes of the half to put the Millers further ahead. The first was a snap shot by Harrison which Burch did well to push away and just before the whistle, Harrison found himself in space and hit the ball on the half volley but Burch did well to get down and save the shot.
In the first minute of the second half, Gilmour found Adam Watts in the area but the defenders shot went wide. At the other end a well taken corner eventually found its way to Harrison who let fly from some twenty yards out and Burch did very well to hold onto it. A free kick for City saw Stefan Oakes'' shot hit the wall and ended with Tom Pope and Danny Hone squaring up to each other while play carried on around them. Ellison blocked a shot from an Oakes'' corner at one end and at the other end had a shot saved by Burch while Warrington parried away a shot from Gilmore on the hour mark. Nicky Law put a ball through for the ever tricky Le Fondre which Burch made a great one handed save from. Steven Lennon came on for Oakes but his first action of the game was to lose possession in midfield, and a great one-two between Roberts and Pope ended when Roberts slotted the ball past an advancing Burch into the net. And the Millers should have got the third shortly afterwards when some great play from Law and Roberts got the ball to Pope but his cross across goal was just too heavy for Le Fondre to get the third goal. But the Millers made heavy weather of the last fifteen minutes and the home side got a goal back on seventy-seven minutes when a Hone free kick found Lennon who put the ball past Warrington. A dreadful challenge on Roberts by Lennell John-Lewis on for Paul Connor, went unpunished by Mr Singh (who didn`t have the best of games) although he had originally blown for a free kick, he ended up giving a drop ball some ten yards from where the incident took place. But, despite Lincoln going all out for an equaliser it wasn`t to be and, in truth, the better team took all three points.
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