Alf pen can't save Millers
Don Valley Stadium
6 March 2010 3.05pm
Rotherham United thought that an Adam Le Fondre penalty in time added on had got them out of jail this afternoon only for James Hanson to pop up at the other end to get Bradford the win.
An army brass band and a minutes applause for Keith Alexander was the extent of the passion today at Don Valley, as in all honesty, the Millers never looked like winning this game.
The Bantams 'keeper did well to push a shot away from Nicky Law in the opening minutes of the game but then the visitors got on top. A cross from Simon Ramsden was mis-judged by Andy Warrington but luckily, Mark Lynch was there to hook the ball away and minutes later Steve Williams saw his header go just over the crossbar and end up on the top of the net. The visitors got a corner on fifteen minutes and Lee Bullock found the head of Williams who in turn got the ball down to Hanson who volleyed over. At the other end a Nicky Law corner was headed towards goal by Nick Fenton only to be cleared off the line to Gavin Gunning. Gunning was quick to shoot but saw the ball hit the crossbar and rebound to safety. Five minutes from half-time, Glennon nearly gifted Le Fondre a goal as he rushed out of his area, missing the ball, but the Bradford defence came to his rescue.
The second half was little better for the Millers faithful with Warrington's goal being the busier. Twice Flynn had shots and twice he missed and on fifty-eight minutes Warrington did well to stop a Luke O'Brien shot. But, City's pressure paid off when, on the hour mark, Adam Bolder crossed a perfect ball in front of Flynn who slotted the ball past Warrington to make it one-nil to the Bantams. It was thirteen minutes later that the Millers had a shot but Kevin Ellison saw the ball just go wide of the post, with Glennon floundering. On seventy-six minutes, Le Fondre had a shot deflected behind and from the resulting corner, Marcus Marshall, on for Nicky Law, had two headers cleared off the line before he got another chance but his header went just wide. At the other end, Warrington saved from O'Brien after he walked past Lynch and shot at goal while Danny Harrison, for a change, got the ball forward but his shot blazed over the bar with an empty net gaping. Just as it looked like the Millers were going to get nothing from the game, the referee gave a penalty for hand ball by Flynn. Le Fondre stepped up and scored causing the away following to try and get onto the running track in their anger. But then, in the fourth minute of three added on, the Bantams got a corner. Ramsden sent it in and the only player to jump was Hanson who headed it into the back of the net for the winner.
It was another poor performance from the Millers and the pitch can't be blamed - the tactics, again, were to blame today. And that is down to the three stooges, Moore, Mullen and Dibble, stood in the dugout like cartoon cut outs.
Probably Josh Walker because at least he tried