Warrington Saves Millers
Don Valley Stadium
28 September 2010 7.45pm
After a good start to the game the Millers seem to peter out and let Bradford City get back into the it this evening at Don Valley.
Kevin Ellison had the first two chance of the half the first on two minutes when he headed a ball over the crossbar after a good cross from Tom Newey and the second a few minutes later when his curling free-kick was missed by everyone and went narrowly wide. Omar Daley then got forward for the Bantams and although he was eventually crowed out he still managed to get a cross over to Tommy Doherty whose shot went well wide. The Millers started to force the visitors onto the back foot but it was Bradford, from a counter attack that got Daley free again and the midfielder got past three Millers defenders before Jason Taylor eventually blocked his shot. It was all the Millers but every move seemed to break down before they could get Adam Le Fondre or Tom Pope onto the ball and on forty minutes, probably fed up with having no service, Le Fondre let fly from some thirty yards out only to see the shot deflected wide. A minute later a good run by Pope saw the lively Nicky Law get the ball but his shot went straight into the arms of the visitors 'keeper, Jon McLaughlin. On the stroke of half-time Andy Warrington had his first save to make when, after seemingly walking past Johnny Mullins, Daley hit a powerful shot that saw Warrington save at full stretch.
After referee, Colin Webster had seemed to be letting every challenge go in the first half, Tom Newey saw a yellow in the opening minutes of the second for a trip on Tom Adeyemi. With neither team looking like they wanted to score on fifty-three minutes Daley had a shot from thirty yards out that bounced just wide of the post and three minutes later an Ellison free-kick found the head of Pope but the header was cleared by a City defender as far as Danny Harrison who`s shot was blocked by Zesh Rehman. And, with the visitors holding firm, Adeyemi didn`t need asking twice when the chance arose and his shot had Warrington diving full length to stop the ball creeping into the corner. From the resulting corner Luke Oliver headed wide under pressure and two minutes later Adeyemi again tests Warrington who just manages to dive down and push the ball round the post for a corner from which the visitors missed perhaps the best chance of the game to score. Luke O`Brien took the corner which fell to Gareth Evans who was somehow denied at point blank range by a brilliant block by Warrington. Form that corner, a loose ball finally fell to Daley but he saw his shot sail just past the post. In the ten minutes Ronnie Moore surprised everyone (which we think even included the ref) by putting Ryan Taylor on for Tom Pope and the striker, who is coming back from a broken foot, could have won the game in the dying minutes for the Millers but he put a header wide under pressure from O`Brien.
A completely different game from Saturday and not for the better. Bradford came here tonight to stop the Millers from scoring, by whatever means they could, and did just that.