Millers Rocked At Home
New York Stadium
20 November 2012 7.45pm
Attendance: 5688 (138 Wanderers)
Rotherham United couldn't capitalise on the weekends win after twice going ahead tonight but ending up on the wrong end of a three-two scoreline.
The home side had the perfect start when a cross from Ben Pringle fell nicely for Daniel Nardiello whose effort was parried by goalkeeper Jordan Archer who then seemed to catch the ball before it appeared to fall out of his hands and into the back of the net although, kindly I feel, it seems that the goal is being given to the Millers striker. Just a minute later Pringle drove his way through the Wycombe defence and, with players either side of him, he elected to shoot and saw his effort blaze over the bar into the visiting supporters. A corner from Pringle then had the visiting defence in disarray and only a Dave Winfield interception stopped an own goal by Leon Johnson while Archer did well to get down to a Mark Bradley shot and minutes later a Nardiello cross was heading towards Alex Revell but Winfield again intercepted and put the ball away from danger. The Chairboys first shot at goal was on twelve minutes when Matt McClure tested Millers 'keeper Andy Warrington from distance and a minute later Stewart Lewis firstly robbed Luke Rooney on the half-way line then parted the Millers defence and if he'd looked up he would have seen the empty goal waiting but he sliced his shot wide from six yards out. On twenty-eight minutes referee Lewis judged that Bradley fouled Dean Morgan and from the resulting free-kick Josh Scowen found the head of Morgan and he put the ball past Warrington to equalise. From the re-start Courtney Cameron found Nardiello who skipped past Stuart Lewis and shot only to see Winfield block. From the resulting corner Pringle found Bradley on the edge of the area and the defender volleyed a rocket of a shot into the back of the net. A few minutes later Warrington did enough to get a hand to a Morgan free-kick and, just before half-time at the other end, Nardiello was first to a Revell centre but headed over.
Gareth Evans came on for Lee Frecklington for the start of the second half with the half being only five minutes old when McClure went past Jason Taylor like he wasn't there and his cool left footed strike flew into the net past Warrington to make it two-two. And five minutes later it got worse for the home side when a Morgan free-kick found McClure who lobbed the ball over the advancing Warrington into the back of the net with the Millers defenders still demanding an off-side decision. On fifty-six minutes Revell went off limping straight down the tunnel and was replaced by Kayode Odejayi with the ineffective Rooney being replaced a few minutes later by Nicky Hunt. Then disaster struck for the Millers when, with fifteen minutes still to play, Danny Foster lunged at Josh Morris with the Millers loanee having to leave the pitch on a stretcher leaving the Millers down to ten men and, in all honesty, they yellow card shown to Foster should really have been a red. Morgan should have made it four for the visitors when he had a shot that Warrington managed to put behind and from the resulting corner Charles Dunne looped his shot against the crossbar. Seven minutes of stoppage time were added but the Millers couldn't get an equaliser.
Talk about after the Lord Mayor's Parade - I really can't think that one change to the team should have made all that difference, although I do think we had a couple of players out there that were far from fit. Surely it's time to bring Mullins back from Oxford?