Millers Mauled at the Memorial
14 October 2011 7.45pm
Attendance: 5,395 (252 Millers)
Rotherham United`s first visit to the Memorial Stadium for over ten years ended in a humiliating five-two loss last night and seeing new loan signing, Guy Branston receive a red card for a poor tackle.
As has been happening of late, the Millers came out the livelier and Gareth Evans fired a shot just over Rovers` crossbar. The gasmen`s first chance was on eight minutes when a good cross from Matt Harrold found Lee Brown but the defender put his header wide. Two minutes later the home side were in the lead when Brown`s cross found Craig Stanley and his miscued shot hit Scott McGleish, wrong footing Andy Warrington in the Millers` goal, and going into the net. Seven minutes later the Millers defence failed to clear from a corner and the ball fell to Brown who smashed it against the crossbar before it went out to safety. At the other end new boy Jon Harley found himself in space and put in a good cross for Alex Revell but the stand-in skipper couldn`t quite get there and the ball was hacked away. Lewis Grabban then got in on the act and held up the ball as Johnny Mullins got forward but his ball into the area was cleared before a Millers player got to it. Harrold and McGleish were linking up well for the home side before Scott Rendell got a chance to head the ball into the net only to be challenged by Mullins and a penalty awarded which McGleish put away. Two minutes later, with the Rovers fans still celebrating going two-up they got their third. Matt Gill took a free-kick and, unchallenged, Cian Bolger headed it into the net. The Millers did manage to get a goal back before half-time when Grabban found Jason Taylor on the edge of the area and the midfielder struck hard and low to put the ball past Scott Bevan in the Rovers` goal. A minute later Evans found himself in almost the same position and he shot but the ball just skipped over the bar. In the dying seconds of the half Grabban got free of his markers but couldn`t quite get his shot on target.
Again the Millers started well and Harley got into a good position before being bundled over. The loose ball fell to Danny Schofield and he left the Rovers defence for dead before seeing his shot blocked by Bolger. Five minutes in and Harrold did well to get through and get a shot in but Warrington did equally well to get down and smother the ball. Three minutes later the Millers got a free-kick (think that was only the second decision the ref had given us). Harley`s kick was cleared but the ball fell just outside the box to Schofield and he curled the ball into the net from twenty yards out. But, just as the Millers thought they could get something out of the game, Branston, who had only joined the Millers that morning was shown a red card for a two-footed tackle on Stuart Campbell. From the resulting free-kick Brown scored Rovers` fourth goal. Warrington did well to keep out a Gill free-kick on seventy minutes and at the other end Bevan did well to keep out a Mullins shot. Rovers did get their fifth goal in the final three minutes of the game when Joe Anyinsah, on for McGleish, put in an angled shot that dipped and went over Warrington`s head and into the goal, breaking the net which led to a few minutes delay while it was mended. The six minutes of time added on was just too much for a lot of Millers fans who started to make for the exits and their long journey home.
We scored two goals from outside the box last night - perhaps, just maybe, we might start shooting from distance instead of trying to walk the ball in. Defence - it didn`t look much better last night.