Wood Wins Game for Millers
Don Valley Stadium
17 December 2011 3.00pm
Rotherham United took all three points at Don Valley on a cold afternoon after riding their luck for most of the game.
The first shot of the game came from the visitors in the opening minutes when Luke Moore blazed a shot high after receiving the ball from Ryan Jackson. Danny Harrison was the first Miller to have a shot on target which he hit from the edge of the error only to see Seb Brown in the Wimbledon goal pull off a magnificent save. A few minutes later the 'keeper did well again to turn a Harrison header away for a corner. At the other end Jackson crossed in an inch perfect cross to find the head of Lee Minshull, but with the Millers back four seemingly standing watching, the ball went inches wide. After that Conrad Logan, in the Millers` goal, was wrong-footed from a Sam Hatton corner and as the ball flew across the face of goal, the Millers were lucky that there wasn`t a Wimbledon player able to get a touch and turn it in.
The second half more or less belonged to the visitors and Jack Midson, in the opening minutes, found himself through with just Logan to beat but the linesman put his flag up for off-side. Next Minshull found himself alone in the area but he couldn`t get past Danny Schofield who cleared the shot off the line. Minutes later Logan was well beaten by a Moore header but, somehow, the ball went just wide of the post while a Midson should have opened the scoring with a header but it went just over the crossbar. At the other end a cross from loanee Sam Wood found top scorer Lewis Grabban but he wasn`t able to get the ball across the line. The game wasn`t getting any better and looking more and more likely that it was going to be a stalemate when Grabban chased a long ball down the left and passed the ball to Wood who was just outside the penalty area. He shot and the ball went into the corner of the net off the upright much to the delight of the three thousand plus Millers fans who had braved the cold to be there. These seemed to gee the Millers up and Brown had to save from Grabban while Marcus Marshall, on for Brett Williams at half-time, perhaps could have done a little better with a ball in to Alex Revell.
Well, it wasn`t pretty but, as I`m sure the Manager will be saying, three points is three points.