Date:Saturday September 14 2013
New York Stadium
14 September 2013 3.00pm
Attendance: 8,306 (1,349 Lactics)
Rotherham United kept up their unbeaten record in the league this afternoon when they beat Oldham Athletic at the New York Stadium by three goals to two - but they made it rather hard work.
The game began very open and very fast and former Miller Mark Oxley, in the visitors net, did well to push an Alex Revell header around the post after three minutes. The Latics first foray towards goal ended with Ben Pringle nudging Sidney Schmeltz to the floor and with the following free-kick Scott Shearer was rooted to his line as Joseph Mills cross missed everyone. At the other end a good run from Kieran Agard saw him release the ball to Richard Brindley but the young defender put his effort high over the bar while Shearer brought off a diving save from Korey Smith. On twenty minutes a cross from Pringle was adjudged to hit the arm of Matteo Lanzoni and much to the visiting supporters and players screaming at referee Richard Clark he awarded a penalty. Up stepped Daniel Nardiello and sending Oxley the wrong way gave the Millers the lead. The Millers could have had another couple of goals when Kari Arnason headed just over and a shot from Revell scraped the crossbar to go over too while Nardiello had two chances to double the lead. Firstly Oxley rushed out to stop a Rob Milsom cross find the Millers striker and a few minutes later Oxley was on hand to put the ball round the post when it looked easier for Nardiello to put it in the back of the net. Five minutes before half-time Oldham made things hard for themselves when being miffed at not getting a free-kick David Mellor kicked out at Lee Frecklington and Mr Clark had no hesitation in showing him a red card leaving the Latics down to ten men. Oxley saved his side again when he was equal to a fine shot from Frecklington getting down well. Clearing the ball up-field the Millers defenders were caught out when Cristian Monano flew down the pitch and hit a beautiful shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
The visitors came out the livelier in the second half and they deservedly went in front on the fifty-third minute when a header from Adam Rooney was only half saved by Shearer and when the ball fell to Lanzoni he prodded the ball home to send the visiting thirteen hundred fans wild. Smith then had a chance to put Oldham further into the lead but his shot hadn't a lot of power behind it and didn't trouble Shearer. The Millers were a bit out of sorts after Athletic took the lead and it was against run of play that the equaliser came when a Ben Pringle corner saw Frecklington get in front of his marker and head the ball into the back of the net. Now the Millers were after the winning goal and when Pringle shot from distance Oxley breathed a sigh of relief when the ball went wide. A few minutes later Nardiello ran onto a Joe Skarz cross but his header went wide while a Frecklington back-heel found Nardiello but his shot went over the bar while Milsom saw a shot saved by the Latics shot stopper. Having been warned a number of times for time wasting, Referee Clark finally lost patience with Oxley and showed him a yellow card and the 'keeper took his frustration out on the ball and pumped it long down the field and it found Jonson Clarke-Harris, on for Rooney, who twice got the better of Pablo Mills, on for Claude Davis, and getting the ball to Montano he saw his shot brilliantly saved by Shearer. At the other end Oxley showed he was every bit as good as his opposite number when pulled off a fantastic save from an Alex Revell header. Frecklington had a chance to put the Millers in the lead but his fierce shot hit Jonathan Grounds which took the sting out of it while Arnason and Revell both saw headers in the box come to nothing and at the other end Skarz was well placed to deny Clark-Harris. Then in the final minute of the ninety another Pringle corner fell to a red shirt in a busy six yard box and when his shot was blocked by Oxley, Nardiello pounced on the loose ball and slid it home to give the Millers all three points.
After that all I can say is 'phew'!
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Date:Saturday September 14 2013
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