Woeful Millers Lose to Robins
Abbey Business Stadium
16 March 2013 3.00pm
Attendance: 3,241 (650 Millers)
Rotherham United drop to seventh place in League Two this evening after a lack lustre display saw them thumped three-nil by promotion rivals Cheltenham at the Abbey Business Stadium this afternoon.
With 'Twitter` announcing that Steve Evans was making one change to the side it immediately had fans believing that the Millers had signed a new player when, in fact, it was the return of Craig Morgan relegating Dale Tonge back to the bench.
To be fair the Millers never really got going in this game and it was the Robins who came near to opening the scoring in the opening minute when a good through ball from Marlon Pack found Sam Deering with Millers skipper Johnny Mullins coming to the rescue with a magnificent challenge while a few minutes later Claude Davis did well to turn a Michael Hector centre behind for a corner. On thirteen minutes a long range shot from Lee Frecklington who found himself in space was turned over by Robins` 'keeper Scott Brown and at the other end a curler from Pack hit the post and rebounded to safety and a minute later Andy Warrington saved a shot from Deering. And with the hosts taking charge of the game Paul Benson jumped on a weak clearance by Warrington but saw his effort go wide. Michael O`Connor had an effort on goal which went over the bar and over the stand a minutes later Brown easily saved from Ben Pringle. Just after the half-hour mark the home side went in front when Jermaine McGlashan was unchallenged and was allowed to unleash a fabulous shot into the far corner of the net. And nine minutes later it was two-nil when Kaid Mohamed found Pack who as calm-as-you-like side footed the ball into the net with not a defender trying to stop him. In the final minute of the half Pringle tried a half-hearted shot which was easily blocked by Steve Elliott.
And, to be honest, the second half wasn`t much better although Danny Kearns replaced David Noble and he at least looked capable of creating something. Cheltenham should have got another goal straight after the start of the second half when a Mohamed corner was only punched away by Warrington and fell to Sido Jombati but the Portuguese defender could only put the ball high over the bar. Benson did put the ball in the back of the net not long after that but the whistle had gone for offside while Lee Frecklington tried his luck with a volley for the Millers from twenty yards out but it went wide of the post. A third goal did come six minutes from time when Warrington saved a point blank shot from Byron Harrison, on for Benson, but the resulting corner saw the Millers defenders in all sorts of trouble with Warrington flapping at the ball in came Steve Elliott and slotted the ball into an empty net. In the last few minutes of the game Kearns had a shot which was saved by Brown while a good solo run from Daniel Nardiello was well saved by the Robins` 'keeper. Boos from the travelling support greeted the final whistle leaving the Millers players and management in no doubt of what they thought of the performance.
It was bl**dy rubbish today. The Rotherham players never looked interested in winning the ball or even a tackle. From the first minute they looked shell shocked and only the occasional run from Frecklington and the lively Kearns when he came on did anything to give the travelling Millers something to think about. Once again it was a wide pitch at Whaddon Road and was crying out for wingers - in my eyes Kearns should have started this game.