Big Kev's Goal Beats Barnet
24 April 2010 3.00pm
Kevin Ellison scored the only goal of the game at Underhill today but, with Bournemouth winning, the slender hope that the Millers had of going up automatically has now disappeared.
With the sun blazing down at Underhill the Millers had most of the possession in the early part of the game. Pablo Mills was the first to have a shot, from outside the area, that went just wide of goal and after six minutes Gary Breen was on hand to clear from an Ellison shot. Top scorer, Adam Le Fondre, got a shot in ten minutes later but Jake Cole was equal to it before Cole again was alert to save from a Nick Fenton header. On twenty minutes the Millers fans, behind the goal, were on their feet when a free-kick from Josh Walker looked like it was going in but, while Cole looked on helplessly, it slammed against the post. And it was Walker again, eight minutes later, that had another shot but it swung just wide. On thirty-three minutes, Kenny Gillet fouled Le Fondre and Ellison took the free kick which floated past everyone in the box into the bottom left hand corner of the net. When Josh Walker, who was running the midfield today, went down under a challenge from a Barnet player, Warrington put the ball out so he could get treatment only for the referee to insist Walker get up and walk, from way over the other side, off the pitch to be treated. Barnet, not being in the best books from some of us visiting fans by their ticketing policy today, were under fire from the visiting supporters when, instead of the usual game play of giving the ball back, they took the throw in to their advantage. Luckily, it came to nothing. At the end of the first half, Walker had to limp off and be replaced by Abulai Bell-Baggie.
Barnet got back into it in the second half, but never really troubled Andy Warrington in the visitors goal. The referee, Steve Rushton, began to annoy the visiting fans with his almost obvious dislike of anything Millers and got a very sarcastic round of applause when he finally gave us a decision. Le Fondre, from a tight angle, blazed the ball over the crossbar and Albert Jarrett crossed a good ball in that Ian Sharps was able to clear at the other end. Many free kicks went the way of the home side with Rotherham finding themselves playing deeper and deeper and depending on quick balls upfield to Le Fondre which almost always seemed to come straight back. With ten minutes to go, Ellison rattled the post again and a few minutes later a shot by Mills went harmlessly over the net. The referee warned Rotherham almost all the game about time wasting and in the end added on five minutes and in those minutes saw the introduction of Paul Warne, after a lengthy injury, to a standing ovation from the Millers following.
Three points in the bag and it's looking likely that we will be in a play-off place in two weeks' time. But, really, we should be killing off teams like Barnet, who, I can only remember having one shot on target all game.
For the second half, for me, it went to NICK FENTON
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