Millers lose to Brewers
Don Valley Stadium
8 October 2011 3.00pm
Rotherham United lost their third league game in a row this afternoon at Don Valley against Burton Albion which sees them drop out of the top ten in League Two for the first time this season.
The visitors got off to the perfect start on eight minutes when Jimmy Phillips skipped by the Millers defenders and got in a good pass to Cleveland Taylor. Taylor, who was in acres of space, shot towards goal but the ball deflected off Tom Newey to Justin Richards, who was clearly in an off-side position, and he tapped it into the empty net. No amount of protesting by the Millers` players would make referee Haines change his mind and the goal stood and with the Millers still feeling annoyed over the given goal, another shot from Taylor went just wide. Phillips caused problems for the Rotherham defenders throughout the first half and twice crossed the ball for Billy Kee whose shots were blocked. At the other end, Lewis Grabban saw a shot deflected for a corner and then a good cross from Danny Schofield found Ben Pringle who in turn put in a good ball for Grabban but the striker skied the ball way over the bar. Grabban then became provider when he knocked the ball down into Alex Revell`s path but his shot went just over while at the other end Johnny Mullins had to be aware when Phillips tried a shot from just outside the area and the defence were at full stretch to stop the ball going over the line from the resulting corner.
In the opening minutes of the second half Grabban did well to get in a cross but there wasn`t a red shirt there to get on the end of it and a minute later Grabban was unlucky to see a long range shot fly past the Brewer`s 'keeper, Ross Atkins, only to hit the corner of the crossbar and go out to safety. On fifty-five minutes Rotherham nearly had the equaliser when a good ball in from Schofield found the head of Danny Harrison but his firm header was well held by Atkins. Then Gareth Evans, on for Ben Pringle, found himself on his own and had a shot at goal but Atkins just managed to fingertip it over for a corner. Mullins then squandered a chance when a Marcus Marshall, on for Schofield, found Mullins but his header went just wide. With ten minutes to go Calvin Zola, on for Kee, beat the offside trap and set up Chris Palmer, on for Taylor, but although his header was on target, Andy Warrington was equal to it and pushed the ball away from goal. In the final minutes Albion were forever on the back foot as Evans got ball after ball into the box and in the last minute an Evans cross found the head of Michael Raynes but the tall defender put the ball wide of the post.
For the neutral I think this would have been a good game and when the Millers played with the ball on the floor they were far the better side but, with all the chances we had, we need someone there who can pop the ball into the back of the net.