Date:Saturday December 21 2013
New York Stadium
21 December 2013 3.00pm
Attendance: 11,092 (2,220 Wolves fans)
Who would have thought that this time last year we would be frustrated with only one point against Wolverhampton Wanderers? But, really, that`s what a lot of Millers fans are this evening after going three-one up and to only end up with a point.
Wolves nearly had a dream start when, just two minutes in, the Millers won a free-kick which Ben Pringle took and the visitors broke away well with Bakary Sako setting up midfielder Bjorn Sigurdarson but the Icelandic international didn`t seem quick enough to get the ball towards goal. At the other end Nouha Dicko cleverly flicked the ball over Sam Ricketts and fired just wide while Haris Vuckic, who was starting his first league game for the Millers, tried his luck but saw the ball also go just past the post. Unfortunately on nine minutes the Millers were punished for those misses when the visitors got a free-kick which James Henry took quickly and Danny Batth`s diving header left the nine thousand Millers fans speechless. But it didn`t last long and just sixty seconds later Vuckic got a good ball through to Ben Pringle who put the ball in for Kieran Agard which didn`t reach him and rebounded back to Pringle who curled the ball in to Dicko on the line and it went into the net at the near post. Dicko nearly put the Millers in front five minutes later when his dipping shot had Carl Ikeme, in the Wolves goal, beaten but went agonisingly wide and Mark Bradley should have put them ahead when some good work from Agard and Dicko found the Welsh defender in front of an open goal but he shot high and over. Although the Millers were on top Wolves were also trying to play football with the home defence standing firm but it was the hosts who took the lead on thirty-six minutes when Pringles high cross found Agard and his looping header went over the Ikeme and into the net. Bradley did well before half-time to stop Sigurdarson as he was about to shoot but the Millers nearly scored again after a good run from Vuckic saw him in the box before a Batth tackle saw the ball go high in the air and Ikeme managed to get a hand to it to put it over for a corner. With the Millers now running the game both Dicko and Agard could have had more goals and I think the visitors were pleased when Michael Oliver blew for half-time.
And the Millers started the second half as they`d finished the first and they had a couple of free-kicks that came to nothing. But on fifty-four minutes Dicko got the ball out to Pringle who put the ball into the area where Dicko turned up again and chested the ball over the line to make it three-one to the hosts. Five minutes later Mr Oliver awarded Wolves a penalty after a handball by Millers skipper Craig Morgan in the area which Sako put away although Millers 'keeper Adam Collin did get his hand to it. A minute later the Millers had a good move which ended with Claude Davis being so obviously bundled over in the area but the referee just shook his head. This seemed to buoy the visitors and their two thousand supporters and on sixty-four minutes James Henry was allowed far too much room and ran forward firing beneath the diving Collin to make it three-three. Minutes later Leigh Griffith, on for Sigurdarson, had the chance to put Wolves back into the lead but he hit the ball straight at Collin while at the other end James Tavernier tried a shot from distance but it ended amongst the Millers supporters and towards the end of the game Dicko tried another shot but it didn`t worry the Wolves goalie.
As I said at the start of the report it was frustrating coming from one down to going three-one up only to get a point from the game but by no means was this a boring game. It was an exciting game played by two teams who obviously wanted to win
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Date:Saturday December 21 2013
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