Millers Take All Three Points
New York Stadium
29 September 2012 3.00pm
Attendance: 7,258 (460 Oxford fans)
Rotherham United came back from being a goal down this afternoon at the New York Stadium, to win three-one against Oxford United.
The Millers started sluggish and the game was just six minutes old when the visitors got their first corner of the game which Jake Forster-Caskey took and drilled the ball low to Sean Rigg who found the Millers` defenders ball watching when he shot from just outside the area and the ball flew into the net. With the Millers looking a little shell-shocked they had a let-off ten minutes later when a Harry Worley header flashed just wide followed by a dipping shot from Alfie Potter which was firstly palmed away by Scott Shearer in the home goal before he collected at the second attempt. A few minutes later Tom Craddock got past Ian Sharps but, with Shearer looking beaten from the resulting shot, Sharps managed to get back and clear the ball to safety. On twenty-five minutes the Millers had their first chance to note when Wayne Brown, the U`s 'keeper, fumbled a floated ball from Michael O`Connor and it fell to Ben Pringle who looked like he had all the time in the world to put it in the net but it deflected off Damian Batt, who was stood on the line, onto the underside of the crossbar and away to safety. On the half-hour mark a Lionel Ainsworth shot hit the woodwork, the ball fell to Kayode Odejayi who was about to shoot when he was brought down by Damian Batt. The referee pointed straight to the spot (maybe the first time he`d given the Millers anything up to then) and up stepped O`Connor to equalise for the home side. Before half-time both sides had the chance to go in front when a curling effort from Forster- Caskey was well held by Shearer and, at the other end, only a well-timed tackle from Lee Cox stopped Pringle scoring.
The Millers started the second half the better and a header from Odejayi went just past the post and, at the other end, a header from Worley did exactly the same while Shearer did very well to tip over a shot from Sean Rigg. Lionel Ainsworth got himself more into the game and seemed to shoot whenever he found himself within twenty yards of goal bringing off a couple of good saves from Brown. With the Millers putting on more and more pressure it was only a matter of time before they went into the lead. On seventy-three minutes Nicky Hunt broke free and found the head of Odejayi who headed the ball across goal finding O`Connor and the Irishman hammered a low drive into the back of the net. A few minutes later Brown pushed a Pringle effort just over the bar and at the other end Craig Morgan was on hand to stop a Peter Leven cross finding Potter on his own. Then, in the final minute of the game a Constable effort was tipped onto the crossbar by Shearer and, with it falling to Deane Smalley, Shearer acrobatically managed to get down and block the shot with his legs. In the seconds that followed Ainsworth found himself with the ball and swept up the other end of the pitch and with Kieran Agard, on for Evans, pressurising Brown he dropped Ainsworth`s cross in front of Jason Taylor, who had only been on the pitch for a few minutes, said 'thank you very much` and stroked it into an empty net to send nearly seven thousand Millers home happy.
After the first twenty minutes of the game I thought we were in for a one-nil loss but, with both teams going forward, which you have to admire Chris Wilder`s team for, the Millers got all three points and it became an entertaining game.