Millers win derby game
Don Valley Stadium
25 September 2010 3.00pm
Rotherham United sent Chesterfield home with nothing as they condemned them to their first defeat of the season at Don Valley this afternoon which has sent the Millers into third place in League Two.
Chesterfield had the first corner of the game on five minutes after Johnny Mullins headed out a dangerous cross from Drew Talbot, but it came to nothing while, at the other end, Tom Newey came close to putting the Millers into the lead when his long shot went just over the crossbar. Andy Warrington had to be on his toes on ten minutes when he had to pull in a header from Talbot. Leading scorer, Adam Le Fondre, got on the end of a good cross from Nicky Law but he volleyed over from about ten yards out and five minutes later Danny Harrison should have put Rotherham in the lead when he headed wide from close range. The Millers had their first corner on twenty minutes and, after Harrison had been allowed to run free, Tommy Lee, in the visitors` goal, did well to get down at Le Fondre`s feet to stop him having a shot. With the Millers having most of the play now, Exodus Geohaghon`s long throw found the head of skipper, Ryan Cresswell, who headed it just over. Ten minutes later, Warrington did well to save from Jack Lester and Lee did well to get a hand to a Kevin Ellison shot and then, from the resulting corner, save well from Tom Pope.
In the opening minutes of the second half a Nicky Law corner caused a goalmouth scramble which saw Scott Griffiths clear off the line before Lee finally doing well to save from Cresswell. On fifty-three minutes the Millers took the lead when a Mullins throw found Le Fondre on his own and he brilliantly looped the ball over Lee from the edge of the box to send the Millers fans wild with delight. On the hour mark, Newey put in a good cross for Pope but the striker just failed to get on the end of it and a minute later Ellison had a curling shot that was easily saved by Lee. Five minutes later Law put a ball in for Pope but he just couldn`t get his toe to it. On sixty-seven minutes, Warrington pulled off a brilliant save from Dean Morgan and a minute later Cresswell was on hand to clear the ball from a Griffiths shot. On seventy five minutes good link up play from Newey and Pope found Le Fondre but he mis-kicked the ball and it was easily gathered by Lee and at the other end, Morgan again had a shot well saved by Warrington. As the game went into the four minutes added on, it was the visitors who were seeing more of the ball and Danny Whitaker had a shot that went to high to bother Warrington.
A good game for the Millers today with a lot of linking play and a deserved win.