Skipper Wins Game for Millers
Fraser Eagle Stadium
16 October 2010 3.00pm
It took Rotherham United until the ninety-second minute to beat Accrington Stanley who were down to ten men from the sixteenth minute of the game.
The first real action of the game resulted in the first goal on nine minutes when Millers' 'keeper, Andy Warrington seem to have a rush of blood and came way out of his area for the ball but Andy Parkinson got there first and slotted the ball in the net. The next few minutes were a series of fouls and free-kicks but on sixteen minutes debutant Kevin Long saw red after pulling back Adam Le Fondre and being last man Referee, Geoff Eltringham had no choice but to send him for an early bath. Le Fondre hit the penalty into the top right hand corner of the net for his eleventh goal of the campaign. Five minutes later Stanley got a corner which was swung in by Sean McConville and cleared for another corner by Johnny Mullins which, eventually, Exodus Geohaghon cleared. At the other end Ian Dunbavin did well when one on one with Kevin Ellison to put the Millers player off and then got down well to save from Tom Pope. Two minutes later Le Fondre had a shot at goal with stopped by Dunbavin but once again fell to Ellison who shot straight at the Accrington goalkeeper. Two minutes before the end of the half Warrington did well to save from a McConville free kick while Charlie Barnett, at the other end, blocked a drilled shot from Le Fondre.
In the opening minutes of the second half Stanley went back into the lead. Sean McConville took a corner, Phil Edwards stepped over the ball and it fell for Jimmy Ryan who smashed the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net. Stanley then managed to keep the Millers at bay, and with a few flash points the game seemed to be all one way traffic towards Dunbavin's goal but never seemed to get anywhere. Tom Pope and Dean Winnard had a couple of shoving and pushing affairs and were duly booked and Kevin Ellison was subbed before he got a second yellow with Marcus Marshall coming on to give some more pace to the away side. On the eightieth minute, Nicky Law took a corner for the Millers and found Geohaghon's head at the back post and he headed home for the equaliser. Ryan Taylor, on for Mark Bradley, thought he'd given the Millers the lead when he shot from inside the area but the ball bounced off the bar. The Stanley players seemed to be happy with a draw and were slowing the game down at every opportunity plus falling down like weebles every time a blue shirt went near them but it was the Millers who got the winner. Geohaghon, who's long throws had been causing problems to the Stanley defence all game, took another one two minutes into time added on and he found skipper Ryan Cresswell who headed the ball into the back of the net and ran straight to the away fans to celebrate with them which ended Stanley's unbeaten home record.
We got all three points today and we are all happy about that. But, we really will have to start playing a bit better by putting a few more passes together and making some of the shots on goal count.