Mullins at the Double
10 December 2011 3.00pm
Attendance: 1,908 (142 Millers)
Rotherham United clinched a victory this afternoon at Edgar Street with a brace from defender Johnny Mullins helping them on the way.
The Bulls started brightly when a header from Yoann Arquin went wide and Conrad Logan, in the visitor`s goal, managed to hold onto a shot from Tom Barkhuizen. The Millers then went straight down the other end and Lewis Grabban hit a shot that stung the hands of Bulls` 'keeper, Adam Bartlett, as he made an acrobatic save. On twelve minutes the Millers won a corner and Sam Wood, on loan from Brentford, swung the ball in and fell to Johnny Mullins who was lurking at the far post and he had the simple task of putting the ball in the net to get his first goal of the season. Ten minutes later the Millers went two up after Sam Wood had played, what appeared to be a harmless ball to striker Alex Revell, twenty-five yards out. Revell hit a ball, more in hope than anything, which Bartlett really should have saved but he stood looking helpless as the ball went across him and settled into the corner of the net. Revell firstly looked as stunned as the Bulls players then began to dash about the pitch like a headless chicken before finally celebrating the goal. This second goal seemed to spur the Bulls on and Logan did well to tip a shot over from Arquin before the French forward got the ball again, ran in from the left and tried a shot from twenty yards out which took a wicked deflection of a defenders legs and left Logan standing watching the ball go past him into the back of the net. Three minutes before half-time, Jason Taylor and Conrad Logan seemed to leave the ball to each other and former Miller, Delroy Facey, took advantage of the muddle, forced his way through and flicked the ball past Logan into the back of the net to make it two-all at half-time.
In the opening minutes of the second half Brett Williams really should have restored the visitors lead when he got the ball six yards out but he hit his shot straight to the advancing 'keeper. At the other end a Steven Leslie free-kick went just over and Arquin saw a shot go just wide. Lewis Grabban received the ball from Dale Tonge down the right and forced a defender to put the ball out for a corner. Wood whipped in the flag kick and, once again, it fell to Mullins who turned and buried the shot in the back of the net to the delight of the travelling one hundred and forty Millers fans. After this the Millers were on the back foot a bit and were defending deep and Mullins did well at the other end, and blocked, what looked like a certain goal, from Harry Pell. One minute of controversy remained when Robert Purdie thought he was Georgie Best for a minute and kicked the ball out of Logan`s hands and put it into the back of the net. Referee Sarginson immediately said no-goal and showed Purdie a yellow card for his trouble. Chris Holroyd, for the Millers, on for Brett Williams, saw a shot blocked, and, if only he`d looked up, would have seen two Millers players free and waiting to put the ball into the net. In time added on, Nathan Elder, on for Leslie, nearly equalised but Logan was equal to the shot and it was the Millers fans who went home happy.
Well, we certainly make it hard for ourselves. At two-up we should have gone on and got more but then we let the Bulls in and they got two goals. Luckily, Johnny Mullins was in the right place at the right time and gave us the three points. The defending today was a bit all over the place at times and the mid-field was, once again, conspicuous by its absence. But, we won!