Millers Defeated Again
L B Barking and Dagenham Stadium
28 January 2012 3.00pm
Attendance: 1,744 (250 Millers)
Rotherham United couldn`t hold onto a first half lead this afternoon at the L B Barking and Dagenham Stadium this afternoon as John Still`s men came from behind to grab all three points which takes them out of the bottom two.
The Millers dominated the first half of this game and on six minutes, Lewis Grabban got on the end of a cross from Sam Wood but headed over from just twelve yards out. Two minutes later Grabban really should have opened the scoring when he was one-on-one with Daggers` 'keeper, Chris Lewington, and as the shot stopper was going to ground, Grabban only managed to hit him and saw the ball roll out for a corner. At the other end a mis-judged clearance from Millers` 'keeper Rhys Taylor went straight to Billy Bingham and his shot from twenty yards out went just past the post. A few minutes later a bit of trickery from debutant Kieron Cadogan was followed by a cross into the box but both Grabban and Harrison went for the same ball and collided with each other and the ball went to safety. On twenty-eight minutes the visitors deservedly took the lead when a Dagenham defender`s clearance found Harrison and he volleyed home from twenty yards out much to the delight of the travelling faithful. And Alex Revell should have doubled the lead a couple of minutes later when his snap shot was well tipped over by Lewington. In the final minutes of the half Cadogan got in another cross from the right which found Grabban and, but for an excellent block on the line by Micky Spillane, the ball would have gone into the back of the net.
Straight from kick-off in the second half, the Daggers looked like they meant business when an effort from Bingham, from the edge of the area, went just wide. On forty-nine minutes Referee Malone awarded the home side a free-kick which Spillane took and found the head of Jon Nurse and the striker equalised for the Daggers. That goal gave the Daggers a big lift and they should have taken the lead a few minutes later but Taylor was equal to a Josh Scott header. Chris Montano and Oluwafemi Ilesanmi had shots saved by Taylor before a weak shot from Abu Ogogo took a wicked deflection of Mark Bradley and left Taylor wrong footed as it went into the net. From the re-start Scott Griffiths raced down the left and his cross found the head of Alex Revell and the Millers striker put the ball into the back of the net for the equaliser. On seventy minutes Revell had the chance to put the Millers back in front but Grabban`s shot deflected off a Daggers defender and went out for a corner. On seventy-seven minutes the home side went back into the lead when a Montano corner found Scott Doe`s head and, with all the Millers defenders seemingly standing about watching, he headed into the far corner of the net to make it three-two. At the other end Revell tried a shot but Lewington was equal to it while, on eighty minutes, Taylor did well to save from Montano. With three minutes to go the home side were awarded a free-kick but before it was taken there was an altercation between Michael Raynes and Micky Spillane. As the referee brandished a yellow card each, he then showed Raynes a red for his second bookable offence. In time added on, the Millers nearly got another equaliser but Jason Taylor`s shot from just outside the box went just wide.
Why oh why can`t we play two forty-five minutes?