Millers get point at the seaside
1 March 2011 7.45pm
Rotherham United got a well deserved point at Plainmoor this evening in what was a hard fought game of two halves.
Although the Millers could have taken the lead as early as the second minute when Marcus Marshall had a shot but Chris Robertson cleared off the line. After that it was all the Gulls and they had the ball in the net on the ninth minute when Guy Branston headed the ball down for Lee Mansell but former Miller, Branston was off side. Eight minutes later, Torquay did score after Tom Newey had done well to head away a deflected cross but the ball fell to Eunan O'Kane who rifled home the ball from a tight angle ten yards out. A few minutes later O'Kane was involved again when he put a good ball through for Jake Robinson who fired in a low shot that Warrington did well to save. Luke Ashworth came on for the Millers to replace a dazed looking Johnny Mullins and was soon in the action when Billy Kee raced past him and smashed the ball towards goal but Warrington, at full stretch, managed to palm the ball away though only as far as Robinson who misjudged his shot and sent it wide. At the other end, a Newey throw in found Marshall who danced into the penalty area and unleashed a stunning shot that Danny Potter, in the Gulls goal, did well to tip over the bar. A few minutes later Torquay were guilty of ball watching when a Newey corner drifted into the area and found Nick Fenton but his header was harmless and easily cleared.
After having a 'Ronnie Rocket' the Millers came out of the blocks flying for the second half and Adam Le Fondre did well to get behind Torquay's back four and passed the ball to Liam Henderson who couldn't quite get a toe to it. Just before the hour mark, Marshall skipped past the Gulls defenders and got into the penalty area where he was pulled back by Chris Robertson. Mr Kettle pointed to the penalty spot, but, surprisingly, only gave Robertson a yellow card. Le Fondre stepped up and took the spot kick but Potter guessed the right way and made a stunning save to deny Alfie his twenty-first goal of the season. A minute later, a Newey throw found Fenton's head who in turn found Law but the midfielder's shot went over the bar. Eventually, the Millers equaliser came. A ball from Law found Henderson whose long all over the top found Ryan Taylor in the box. The striker turned and twisted and he steered the ball past Potter into the bottom corner to send the eighty-eight visiting Millers wild with delight. Although Chris Zebroski had a run at goal which led to nothing, it was the Millers who went all out looking for the winner. A great bicycle kick from Le Fondre had Potter scrambling in the area as the ball hit the outside of the post and went wide and, with two minutes to go Marshall flew into the area and managed to release the ball before being tackled. Ryan Taylor found the ball at his feet and stabbed in a low shot that smashed against the inside of the post and fell at Guy Branston's feet who put it away to safety.
Once again the Millers didn't come out for the first half, but by gawd they made up for that in the second. A good result for the Millers at Plainmoor tonight - and that's the first of seven games this month out of the way.