Millers Bully Bulls
Don Valley Stadium
31 Marsh 2012 3.00pm
Attendance: 3,237 (189 Bulls fans)
Rotherham United were back to winning ways this afternoon as they beat Hereford United at Don Valley to leave the Bulls rock bottom of League Two.
The Millers came close to scoring in the opening minutes when a Ben Pringle corner found Ryan Cresswell, back for his first start since September, but his powerful header went agonisingly inches wide of the post. Pringle himself was next to have a try but he miscued his shot while David Cornell, in the visitors` goal, pulled off a great save to deny the ginger haired striker a few minutes later. Hereford`s first shot came on twenty minutes after an unusual mistake by Johnny Mullins let in Richard Peniket but his shot across goal was well cleared by Cresswell. Just a minute later the Millers should have taken the lead when a good cross from Lewis Grabban found Alex Revell but from just six yards out his header cleared the bar. The Millers had two corners in quick succession and the second found Mullins but, stretching, he put the ball wide before some good work between Grabban and Pringle ended with Pringle`s shot being blocked by Michael Townsend. But, eventually, two minutes before half-time, all the Millers pressure paid off when it looked like Cornell would get to a Sam Wood ball in but Grabban stole in and headed the ball over the 'keeper into the net for his nineteenth goal of the season.
Hereford came out the stronger for the second half and a Tom Barkhuizen corner ping-ponged around the area for a bit before Barkhuizen got it back but fired well over the bar. The next effort also belonged to the Bulls when Will Evans tried his luck from twenty-five yards out but that also sailed over the bar. Rotherham seemed to be having trouble getting a foothold on the second half and when Peniket looped the ball over the top for Joe Colbeck it took a good clearance from Mark Bradley to stop the midfielder getting a shot at goal. That was a bit of a wake up call for the Millers and, on sixty-eight minutes, Wood put through a good ball for Revell the striker tried his luck from just outside the area but the ball flashed just wide of the top corner. A few minutes later Gareth Evans pounced on a loose ball but he saw his shot deflected for a corner and at the other end a shot from Barkhuizen from the edge of the area went well wide. With ten minutes to go Kieron Cadogan, on for Evans, broke free but with both Pringle and Grabban up in support the young loanee from Crystal Palace, decided to go it alone and immediately was surrounded by Hereford defenders and the moment passed. In the final minutes of the game Will Evans had a shot at goal but Millers` 'keeper, Rhys Taylor made, what was probably his first, save of the day. In time added on, James Chambers got in front of Grabban but heading back to his own 'keeper nearly scored an own goal but the ball dropped onto the bar and Cornell managed to grab it.
Once again, a good first half for the Millers, but a second half when they seemed a bit at sixes and sevens. But another three points which, I believe, sees us safe from relegation (!)