18 March 2011
Rotherham United were mauled this evening at the B2net by an impressive Chesterfield who turned on a dazzling display in front of the Sky cameras.
The home side dominated from the first whistle and got a corner in the first minute of the game, which was thankfully hacked off the line by a red shirted defender. Andy Warrington did well on four minutes to get to a shot from Dean Morgan and punch it away and a minute later a header from Deane Smalley landed on the roof of the net while on ten minutes Craig Davies saw a header go just wide. Smalley was a constant threat and he got in a good cross towards Davies but the leading scorer failed to connect while a few minutes later Smalley had a shot himself that went wide. On seventeen minutes Warrington and Marcus Marshall got themselves in a mess from a Morgan corner and, when it looked like Davies would get a head to it, Marshall managed to clear the ball off the line. The Millers managed to break away and Tommy Lee did really well to knock a shot from Marshall onto the bar and away for a corner. But from this corner the Spireites broke free and with Smalley on his own, Morgan passed him the ball, but Warrington came racing out of his goal to clear. On twenty-one minutes all Chesterfields pressure paid off when a Morgan corner was poorly cleared and at a second attempt he got the ball over and former Millers loanee, Dean Morgan, got his head to it and it flew into the back of the net. That opened the floodgates and the home team should have gone two up four minutes later when two defenders both went for the same ball and both missed but luckily it was hacked away. On the half-hour mark an awful back pass from skipper Ryan Cresswell, gave the Spireites a corner which Danny Whittaker took and Craig Davies headed in for number two. On thirty-six minutes, Andy Warrington denied Jack Lester twice and at the other end, Lee did well to stop a Ryan Taylor shot hit the back of the net. But as the board went up to signal the first half stoppages, Whitaker fed Lester, who turned a Millers defender inside out and put the ball past Warrington and into the net for his first of the night.
The Millers best part of the game came in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half and Cresswell saw a header go wide while Lee had to get down well to stop a Nicky Law free kick go into the net. A Marshall cross found Ryan Taylor but his shot went harmlessly wide and Danny Coid did well to shoot at an angle but the ball went across goal. Lee did well a little later to save a Ryan Taylor shot with one hand and at the other end Coid was in the right place to stop a good pass find Davies in front of goal. Warrington did well to save another shot from Davies and Lee did equally well to get a fierce shot from Omar Daley, on for Ian Thomas-Moore and fingertip it over the bar. Within a minute of Liam Henderson coming on for Marshall, the Spireites were four up when Lester punished some terrible defending and side footed the ball past Warrington and two minutes later the Chesterfield stalwart got the perfect hat-trick when, unmarked, he steered the ball into the net with his head. The home side nearly had a sixth but Warrington was on hand to tip the ball over although there was an off-side flag up anyway. In the final minute of the game Adam Le Fondre saw Lee off his line and tried to lob him but the backtracking 'keeper tipped the ball onto the bar and cleanly took the rebound.
Well, as the old saying goes, I think the Millers were lucky to get nil tonight. It was a poor performance in front of the TV cameras and one that has put a big dent into their promotion hopes.