Town Call The Shots Against The Millers
Rotherham United crashed to a third consecutive defeat after a 3-0 loss at the EBB Stadium which moved Aldershot within a point of the Millers in the League Two table.
Goals from Dean Morgan, Marvin Morgan and Dean Howell came against the run of play with defensive errors again costing the Millers, who had plenty of possession but very few clear cut opportunities.
The Millers made two changes to the side with Nick Fenton replacing the injured Mark Lynch and Abdulai Bell-Baggie replacing Nicky Law for his first Millers start. There was good news on the injury front for the Millers with Paul Warne fit enough for a place on the bench.
Before the game even kicked off there was a problem for the home side when star striker Morgan appeared to pull up injured in the warm-up, but he was deemed fit enough to start the game.
Two minutes into the match Anthony Charles was straight into the book for a clumsy challenge on Bell-Baggie.
Bell-Baggie picked himself up and immediately looked dangerous on the left. On six minutes he was found by Craig McAllister and he fizzed a cross right across goal, but just too high for the advancing Gavin Gunning.
Aldershot's first attack on 13 minutes almost produced the opening goal. Anthony Straker's long throw wasn't dealt with by the Millers defence with the ball bouncing to Dean Morgan who hooked his shot just wide of Andy Warrington's goal.
On 16 minutes a shocking error at the back lead to the home side taking the lead. Gunning and Pablo Mills got in an awful tangle with Gunning hitting the ball against Mills, the rebound fell kindly to Dean Morgan who sprinted clear to calmly finish past Warrington.
On 24 minutes Danny Harrison was cautioned for a late tackle on half way.
Bell-Baggie again showed trickery on 25 minutes when he played a clever pass to Josh Walker who broke from midfield, but the pass by Walker looking for McAllister was cut out in the nick of time.
After a lull in the game the Millers almost levelled on 39 minutes. Harrison clipped a ball into the area to find Adam Le Fondre, despite a tight angle the striker went for goal only to clip the top of the bar.
The home side went straight up the other end and came close to adding a second when defender Charles whistled a shot towards goal, which Warrington tipped around the post at full stretch.
Just before the break a poor clearance by makeshift right back Fenton allowed Morgan a run into the area but his shot from a tight angle just eluded the far post.
The Millers were straight onto the attack after the break and within 40 seconds Le Fondre latched onto the ball inside the area, he twisted and turned before striking goalwards but Jamie Young parried in the Shots goal.
On 55 minutes Bell-Baggie broke towards the right. He laid the ball to Marcus Marshall whose cross found Le Fondre who hit the ball first time but Young made a sprawling save to tip around the post.
On 70 minutes a Walker free-kick to the back post was hooked into the area by Mills but Le Fondre missed the ball trying an overhead kick from 16 yards out.
With 15 minutes remaining sub Kevin Ellison fed a through ball into the path of Le Fondre who ran into the area and shot on the angle but Young palmed the ball wide.
With the Millers on top it was Aldershot who scored against the run of play. Morgan picked up the ball just inside the Millers half; he beat Mills and ran clear on goal before sliding the ball underneath Warrington and into the net.
The Millers then capitulated to a third goal when Dean Morgan slid a ball across to sub Howell who ran into the area and hammered the ball past Warrington.