Harrad Saves Point for Millers
18 February 2012 3.00pm
Rotherham United striker, Shaun Harrad, rescued a point for the Millers against his old club this afternoon at a cold Pirelli Stadium.
It was a slow start to the game with neither side seeming to be able to cope with the swirling wind. It was the Millers who had the first chance of the game when Sam Wood found himself in space and shot from twenty-five yards out but it went way past the post. On twenty-three minutes Jacques Maghoma managed to get by Scott Griffiths and shot at goal but found Johnny Mullins in the way and it was Maghoma again who was there to pick up the ball when Mark Bradley slipped but the attacking mid-fielder`s chip cleared the crossbar. This seemed to lift the home side and Adam Bolder was the next player to try his luck but his shot was deflected and Rhys Taylor, in the Millers goal, got down to save. Taylor was on hand again on the half hour mark when he saved from Andres Gurrieri. The Brewers pressure paid off in the fortieth minute when a John McGrath free-kick, (which was right in front of us and was never a free-kick, but …) to the near post caused problems for the Millers and Calvin Zola put the ball over the line, although, to all stood behind the goal it looked like the last person to touch it was Johnny Mullins. Although the Millers tried to get an equaliser in the last minutes of the half 'keeper, Ross Atkins, never really had a save to make.
The Millers came out for the second half much the better side and in the opening minutes Shaun Harrad received a good ball but before he could take a shot McGrath closed him down. Ross Atkins made a save from Johnny Mullins while Zola got in the way of a Sam Wood inswinging corner. At the other end Jack Dyer made room for himself but his shot went well over. On fifty-five minutes the Millers were awarded another corner which Sam Wood took, and which was probably his worst ever corner) and it missed everyone before Harrad managed to bundle it over the line for the equaliser. On the hour mark Billy Kee, on for Gurrieri, sent Maghoma racing away but a brilliant challenge from Bradley stopped him in his tracks. The Millers had a number of corners but nothing came from them and a shot from Danny Harrison was easily saved by Atkins and a few minutes later he saved from an over-head kick of Harrad. Cleveland Taylor had a shot at goal that went into the side netting and a minutes later Zola got round Rhys Taylor and with an open goal at his mercy shot wide. Lewis Grabban, on for Kieron Cadogan, should have put the Millers in the lead but his header was straight at Atkins before Harrad and Alex Revell, who played his socks off all game, had chances while Jason Taylor had a shot from the edge of the area that went just wide. In the final minutes of the game Rhys Taylor saved the Millers with a good save from Bolder.
It was definitely a game of two halves today with it looking like the Millers had had a half-time rollicking from Manager Andy Scott.