Millers lose friendly
Don Valley Stadium
24 July 2010 3.00pm
Attendance: 4,152 (2,533 Blades)
Although the game at Don Valley ended two-nil to the Blades this afternoon, the Millers had nothing to be ashamed of in their display against the Championship side.
Fans favourite, Adam Le Fondre started well and in the opening minutes put through a great ball to Marcus Marshall but Andy Taylor was on hand to block with a last ditch tackle. Nyron Nosworthy and Daniel Bogdanovic had plenty of the ball and the Maltese striker got past the Millers` defence on seventeen minutes but put the ball across the face of goal with no-one coming in to connect to it. Five minutes later, Nicky Law danced by three Blades players and got the ball to Marshall, who had got himself into a good position, only to find his shot was blocked. At the other end a lucky bounce found Bogdanovic lying in wait but Nick Fenton was quick to stop the player from shooting. In the final ten minutes of the half, it was all the Millers and a pass from Law found Kevin Ellison but his header was well saved by Steve Simonsen in the visitors goal then came off him and bobbled around the penalty area before Blades defender cleared off the line. Simonsen was in action again a minute later when Mark Bradley played the ball to Le Fondre whose shot was tipped wide by the 'keeper.
Just minutes into the second half and Jamie Ward had a shot from some thirty yards out which was easily saved by Andy Warrington. On fifty-four minutes Johnny Ertl had a shot which Andy Warrington only managed to parry into the path of the oncoming Bogdanovic who put the ball into the net, only to see the flag go up for off-side. The Blades had got into their stride now and Ertl had another two shots that went just over the bar before the Millers got a corner which Law took but it was headed wide by Ryan Cresswell. The deadlock was finally broken on seventy-three minutes when Gregory Vignal put in a delightful cross for Ertl whose powerful header beat Warrington and went into the back of the net to set the Blades fans, who had taken up residence for the day on the banking, wild. Six minutes later it was two-nil after Bogdanovic was fouled by Fenton in the penalty area, picked himself up and sent Warrington the wrong way to calmly slot the ball home. In the final minutes of the game the Millers appealed for a penalty but the referee shook his head.
A good work out for the Millers and I think, of the two managers`, Ronnie Moore will be the happier tonight.
Harrison (J Taylor)
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