Millers Confirm Play-Off Spot
Don Valley Stadium
1st May 2010
Attendance: 4, 142
Rotherham United booked their place in the play-offs at Don Valley this afternoon as a downpour made the pitch all but unplayable.
It was mainly one way traffic in the first half for the visitors although it was the Millers` Kevin Ellison who had a shot saved on four minutes by Adam Legzdins and a few minutes later Nicky Law`s header smashed against the crossbar. A mistake by Josh Walker, who had passed a fitness test earlier, let in Luke Murphy who got the ball to Clayton Donaldson but his shot went just wide. Donaldson was involved in the next chance for the visitors when he collected the ball and flicked it towards Joel Grant but Ian Sharps was able to get to the ball for the Millers. Crewe`s best chance of the first half, and probably game, came when a long ball from Simon Walton found Calvin Zola who in turn found Luke Murphy. Murphy`s ball found Donaldson in the six yard area but his shot went just wide. On thirty minutes, a shot from Donaldson hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced out to Zola who headed it straight at the Millers' 'keeper. A few minutes later, under pressure from Sharps, Zola looped the ball into the air and it fell to Murphy and Warrington did very well, with a diving save, to push the ball away. Just before the break, a long ball from Pablo Mills found the forward rushing, Adam Le Fondre but his curling shot went straight into the waiting arms of Legzdins.
The second half began in a torrential downpour which made it difficult for both sides. The first shot came on sixty minutes when, after getting the ball from Donaldson, Zola half-volleyed the ball over the goal. Abdulai Bell-Baggie, on for Josh Walker, started to cause the visitors some problems as he continued to look dangerous with his pace. Le Fondre had his second shot at goal when he got behind Crewe`s back four but his shot went high and wide. Drewe Broughton, on for Marcus Marshall, should have scored when he intercepted a back pass from Matt Tootle but he slipped and scooped the ball wide. In the final few minutes of the game, Warrington, not for the first time this season, made a great save to save the Millers, when Ashley Westwood shot from twenty-five yards.
Not a brilliant display by the Millers, though the weather didn't help, but it was a point that gave them a definite place in the play-offs - I just hope they play a bit better in them than was displayed this afternoon