Millers Win at the Death
Don Valley Stadium
9 April 2012 3.00pm
Attendance: 3066 (160 Robins)
A goal in injury times gave Rotherham United all three points this afternoon at Don Valley against Cheltenham Town, as newly appointed Manager, Steve Evans, looked on from the stands.
Rotherham had much of the possession in the opening minutes of the game with Alex Revell shooting over the bar, Town 'keeper, Jack Butland, saving from a Gareth Evans free-kick and Lewis Grabban being well tackled by a visiting defender as he set himself up to shoot. And it looked like the Millers would take the lead on twenty-eight minutes when Alan Bennett brought Grabban down in the penalty area but the Millers striker`s spot-kick was well saved by Butland. The Millers kept up the pressure and Evans just failed to reach a cross from Danny Schofield before a long range shot from Ben Pringle on thirty-five minutes was saved again by Butland. Johnny Mullins got to an Evans in-swinging corner but saw his header blocked and minutes later a Ryan Cresswell cross skirted across goal, missing all the red shirts in the area. Grabban then put in an excellent cross for Jason Taylor but the midfielder fired wide and just before the half-time whistle, Evans picked up a pass from Pringle but his shot was well saved by Butland.
The start of the second half belonged to the visitors when defender Keith Lowe delivered a ball for Kaid Mohamed but he headed just wide Bennett had a header a few minutes later that flew over the bar. On the hour mark Pringle took the ball down the right, cut inside and fired at goal which Butland did well to get down to. At the other end, Josh Low, on for Jermaine McGlashan, wasted an opportunity to put the visitors ahead when his shot went over the bar. And the visitors probably should have scored with five minutes to go after Mohamed attempted an overhead kick which didn`t quite come off but fell to Brian Smikle, who had come on for Ben Burgess at half-time, who snatched at the shot which made it easy for Rhys Taylor, in the Millers goal, to gather. With the board going up for four minutes added time the Millers started to push forward and Jason Taylor wasted a long range shot before the Millers got a corner. Everyone in a red shirt came up and as Pringle`s corner came in Cresswell out jumped everyone and headed the ball into the back of the net much to his and the home crowds delight and much to visiting 'keeper, Jack Butland`s disgust, although, most of the four minutes added on were probably because he took so much time over every kick he was awarded.
Another three points which leaves the Millers just four away from the final play-off place. Still a dream? Well, football, as they say, is a funny game.