A Game of Two Halves
Don Valley Stadium
5 March 2011 3.00pm
The game at Don Valley this afternoon was definitely a game of two halves, after the Millers put in a really poor second half performance.
Ronnie Moore`s side had the majority of the first half and started brightly without really causing Barnet any problems and it was the visitors that had the first shot when a Mark Marshall corner found the head of Mark Hughes but Andy Warrington saved easily. Even though the Millers were pushing for a goal it was the twentieth minute when Jake Cole, in the Bees goal, did well to pluck an Adam Le Fondre cross out of the air before it reached Jason Taylor. Three minutes later saw Ryan Taylors first real involvement of the game when he turned on the edge of the area and shot but Cole easily saved low down. A minute later Cole had to get across his goal line quickly to turn away a shot from Le Fondre. On the half-hour mark, a Nicky Law corner found Tom Newey but Cole did well to save from the defender and from the resulting corner, a Johnny Mullins header was cleared from under the crossbar. Eight minutes from half-time, Jason Taylor got past Joe Devera and Anwar Uddin but seemed to hesitate before shooting which gave Cole time to make another save. Just before half-time Nick Fenton had a good chance but with the goal gaping he scuffed his shot.
For the second half it seemed that a different side came out for the Millers. Poor passing was the order of the half with the Millers midfield seeming to disappear completely. Barnet didn`t start brilliant but they did keep the ball better and got more confident as the half went on. Both Jason Taylor and Le Fondre did have shots but both went woefully wide. It got worse for the Millers on the seventieth minute after the Millers were awarded a free kick and Newey asked Izale McLeod three times to give him the ball before he took matters into his own hands and stepped towards him with his arms held high only for McLeod to go over like the whole fourth battalion had knocked him over. As the Referee went to talk to the linesman, the stunned Don Valley crowd looked on, as Newey was shown a red card. As Millers players and officials remonstrated with the officials it took almost five minutes for the game to re-start. The busy Marcus Marshall was replaced by Omar Daley and the Bradford loanee, finding himself alone, flew down the pitch and into the Barnet area and when his strong shot was blocked it fell to Law who had a shot towards goal but it fell into a host of Bees defenders. In the final minutes of the match, Andy Warrington saved the Millers from red faces when he tipped a twenty-five shot from Jordan Parkes over the bar and a minute later did really well again to tip the ball over from Sam Deering.
Boo`s met the final whistle, whether for the team, for the manager or for the incompetent refereeing, I am not really sure.