Millers lose unbeaten run
The County Ground
3 September 2011 12.15pm
Attendance: 6,304 (216 Millers)
Rotherham United lost the only unbeaten record in League Two yesterday lunchtime after twice going ahead against Swindon Town in front of the TV cameras.
The game was only minutes old when it was obvious what Town`s play was going to be with one of their players went down 'writhing in agony` only to bounce up two minutes later when Millers Manager, Andy Scott, had a few choice words to say to him from the dugout. The visitors could have taken the lead on seven minutes when Danny Schofield free-kick went past Mattia Lanzano in the home goal, found Michael Raynes but he put his over the bar. Conrad Logan, in the Millers` goal, made a good save from Mehdi Kerrouche and minutes later Logan was in the spotlight again after a flaying elbow smashed into his face resulting in extensive treatment and a broken nose, though he carried on for the rest of the game. After tripping up Lewis Grabban, the first yellow card of the day went to Alberto Comazzi but referee, Carl Boyeson, evened it up a minute later by booking Millers skipper Ryan Cresswell for erm, pass and then a couple of minutes later Danny Schofield saw yellow too when former Millers` loanee, Callum Kennedy, thought he was Italian and went down like he`d been shot as Schofield got the better of him. All that seemed to get the Millers` gander-up and on twenty-one minutes Tom Newey`s long free-kick wasn`t cleared and found Cresswell who headed it back to new boy Alex Revell who marked his debut by heading the ball into the net. A few minutes later Gareth Evans had a shot from twenty-yards out but it went just wide of Lanzano`s post while, at the other end, Lukas Magera shot straight into the waiting arms of Logan while the Millers` 'keeper did well to parry away a shot from Matt Ritchie a few minutes later. Five minutes before the break, the Robins were equal when Ritchie got to a Kerrouche corner and, although he seemed to miss-hit his shot, it deflected of Newey into the back of the net to send the red shirted players racing over to Paolo Di Canio (who, for once was in his own technical area and not encroaching Andy Scott`s` or the pitch) and he went down under his players in celebration.
Neither manager made a change at half-time and it was the Robins who looked the lively and perhaps should have taken the lead on the hour mark when Raffaele De Vito made a good run down the left, putting in a low cross to the far post but Ritchie was unable to control the ball. On the hour mark Logan made a finger-tip save onto his bar from a long-range shot from Magera. When it looked like the home side were getting the better of the visitors Marcus Marshall was bundled over and given a free-kick which Schofield took and found Revell who headed home his second goal of the game. The Millers then had a decent shout for a penalty, and, if it wasn`t a penalty it was definitely a free kick for a back pass which the 'keeper picked up, but nothing was given. The Millers` jubilation at re-taking the lead was short-lived however when Schofield was shown a second yellow for a foul on Kerrouche and from the resulting free-kick the home side got a corner which Alan Connell, on for Magera, headed home with his first touch of the game. With eight minutes to go the Robins went into the lead for the first time from another Connell header to make it three-two. With five minutes to go referee Boyeson, who had been quiet for most of the second half, gave Comazzi a second yellow, which was probably a little harsh, to make it ten v ten. In the final minutes there was a bit of handbags between the benches, when Di Canio picked up the ball when it came his way and dilly-dallied at giving it back but it all came to nothing, much to the Millers` fans disappointment as, I think they would have like to see the Italian taken down by Scott and would gladly have had a whip-round to pay any fine!
Oh hum, that`s football and if the penalty had been given, who knows. I think the Millers deserved to get at least one point out of the game but, it`s a lot better score than the last time we were live on Sky!