Millers and Cobblers share points
29 October 2011 3.00pm
Attendance: 4,182 (416 Millers)
Rotherham United took their third point in three games this afternoon, after taking an early lead against Northampton at Sixfields.
Gareth Evans gave the visitors the best of starts on just seventy-three seconds after Cobblers' 'keeper, Sam Walker made a hash of clearing the ball and Danny Schofield was on hand to collect and pass to Alex Revell who headed the ball into the path of the onrushing Evans for him to cut inside and score his sixth goal of the season. But instead of capitalising on the early lead, it was Northampton who looked more like scoring. Michael Jacobs hit a good ball across goal but there was no-one there to get on the end of it while Kevin Langmead saw a shot go wide and Jacobs again hit a ball that went well over the bar. On twenty-five minutes Lewis Young, who ran rings round the Millers defence all first half, put in a low cross to the near post and Conrad Logan, in the Millers goal, failed to deal with it and it spun out of his hands and over the line for the equaliser. Two minutes later Millers centre-half Michael Raynes fell awkwardly and had to be stretchered off with a knee injury being replaced with Luke Foster. Sam Walker then did well to save a deflected shot from Danny Harrison and then another one from Lewis Grabban who'd got a good ball through from Revell. In the final minute of the first half Jason Taylor did well to block a shot but the ball ricocheted off him to the head of Jacobs who saw the ball bounce just wide of Logan's goal.
At the start of the second half, Walker did well to save a free-kick from Jon Harley while Derek Niven had to be alert to clear a Johnny Mullins header off the goal line. At the other end, Conrad Logan made up for the own goal by pulling off a fantastic save from Adebayo Akinfenwa when he tipped his shot onto the bar and over for a corner. A good run from Chris Holroyd, on for Grabban, saw him get in a good cross to Evans who cut back to find Foster but the defender sliced the ball wide when it looked easier to hit it straight. In the last ten minutes of the game Taylor did well to clear a shot from Jacobs off the line while Ashley Westwood had a shot that went inches wide for the home side. The home side came close to getting all three points in the final minute of the game but Logan was on hand again to tip a Niven shot over again.
We really should have won today and now is the time to start putting away the chances we are getting in front of goal. But, it's a point away from home and we can't scoff at that.