Millers Return to Top of League Two
Don Valley Stadium
27 August 2011 3.00pm
Attendance: 3,740 (279 Gills fans)
Rotherham United went back to the top of League Two after a spirited second half by the Millers saw them beat Gillingham by three goals at Don Valley this afternoon.
On three minutes Gareth Evans had his run curtailed by a Gills defender and from the resulting free-kick Danny Schofield found Ryan Cresswell`s head but the captain flicked it just wide of the post. On fifteen minutes Charlie Lee`s long throw for the visitors caused the Millers a few problems which resulted in the Gills asking for a penalty but referee, James Adcock, was having none of it. Five minutes later Cresswell was brushed off the ball by Danny Kedwell but the Millers` skipper did well to get back and block a ball that looked like it might go in the net. Five minutes later Kedwell got behind the back four and tried to put the ball under Conrad Logan in the Millers` goal but the 'keeper got down in time and smothered the ball. A few minutes later Joe Martin tried his luck against Logan but his shot went wide. On the half-hour mark, Marcus Marshall beat two players down the right hand side and found Lewis Grabban who in turn back-heeled the ball to Evans but the striker-cum-winger had his shot blocked. On thirty-eight minutes the visitors really should have gone ahead when Lewis Montrose got into the area unchallenged and squared the ball to Lee but his shot went just wide of the post. A couple of minutes later Chris Holroyd chested a ball down to Evans who shot low but Ross Flitney, in the visitors goal, managed to get his finger tips to the ball and push it round the post. A minute later Evans had another shot at goal but this time Flitney managed to hold onto it.
The second half started a bit disjointed and it was the visitors who had the first chance five minutes in when Fuller put in a good ball for Curtis Weston but Logan was equal to the shot. When it looked like no one was going to score, the Millers did. Marshall got the ball to Schofield who left Joe Martin behind in his wake and crossed the ball deep to Danny Harrison on the back post. The midfielder rose under the bar and popped the ball into the net to make it one-nil. From then it was all the Millers. On the hour mark Mark Bradley, on for Jason Taylor, had a hard shot that just went past the post and then Schofield had a shot from twenty yards that Flitney did well to hold on to. On sixty-three minutes the Millers pressure paid off when Bradley played a good ball through to Grabban and the striker smacked a low shot into the corner of the net. With ten minutes to go Kedwell saw Logan off his line and the 'keeper did well to get back and tip the ball over the bar. At the other end Grabban had another chance but his shot had no weight behind it and went straight to Flitney before Marshall, on seventy-three minutes, got in a low cross from the right wing to Evans and he put the ball in the back of the net to make it three. Both Cresswell and Michael Raynes had headers late on but it was the Millers fans who were happy when the whistle went for full time.
It`s good to have a manager who can see what`s wrong with the team and change it and I don`t think it was a coincidence that the game changed when Bradley came on.
Top of the league - and it`s deserved.