Millers Get Away Point
6 November 2012 7.45 pm
Rotherham United earned a point at the Highbury Stadium against Fleetwood Town which saw two goals in three first half minutes in a game of 'firsts`.
It was the first time the Millers had visited Fleetwood, it was the first goal that Kari Arnason had scored for the Millers and the first league goal Jon Parkin had scored for the Cod Army at Highbury.
It was a blustery evening at the seaside town and the first half was a bit of a dull affair except for the two goals. Quite a bit of the first eighteen minutes was spent by one team or the other getting throw-in`s from over hit balls while any advancement by either side was kept out by two solid defences. On eighteen minutes Arnason was brought down by David Ball and the following free-kick by Mark Bradley was fumbled by Scott Davis in the Town goal. The ball fell to Arnason who smashed the ball into the empty net. With the Millers minds still on taking the lead just two minutes later they allowed Shaun Beely far too much room and his cross was turned into the net by the waiting Parkin to level the scores. Parkin had another chance a few minutes later that he put harmlessly wide while, at the other end, a mix-up by Youl Mawene and Dean Howell presented the ball to Bradley but his dangerous cross wasn't picked up by any other Miller in the box.
The second half started with the Millers Michael O`Connor and Gareth Evans on for lively Jamie Devitt, who looked to have pulled a hamstring, and Arnason who injured his shoulder. In the opening minutes Parkin got free of his marker but shot wide and from the resulting Andy Warrington goal kick Scott Davis came into his own when he firstly got in a good block from an Alex Revell point blank shot and then got his hands to the follow up from Evans. A few minutes later the visiting fans were up in arms after Davis mis-timed a back pass and handled the ball outside the area. With all eyes on referee Chris Foy he shook his head and the game continued for the next couple of minutes with the shouts of 'cheat` aimed at the Premiership referee. The Millers had a number of chances to get shots in but fluffed more than they hit although Ian Sharps thought he was a world class striker on the hour mark when his acrobatic shot had to be watched and saved by Davis. Warrington did well at the other end to save a low drive from Howell and on seventy-five minutes Kayode Odejayi got away from Steve McNulty and sent the ball to Revell but Davis was equal to the strikers shot. And a few minutes later Odejayi played Revell in again and with the strikers` header looking like it was going in the net Davis pulled of a brilliant save to keep the scores at one-one.
The Millers had more than enough chances to win this game especially in the second half when some good balls weren't met by the forwards. I really think it`s time for a goal poacher on the pitch. Davis really kept Fleetwood in the game last night - not bad from a 'keeper who probably shouldn't have been on the pitch for most of the second half.