Millers Leave It Late - Again!
22 February 2014 3.00pm
Attendance: 4,293 (688 Millers)
For the third game in a row Rotherham United scored a stoppage time winner to make it seven games unbeaten as they won two-one against Carlisle United at a chilly Brunton Park this afternoon.
The Millers started the quicker and soon got a corner with which Ben Pringle found the head of Kieran Agard but the striker put his header over the bar. Minutes later a long ball over the top from Kari Arnason picked out Wes Thomas but out rushed the Cumbrians 'keeper Jordan Pickford who not only punched the ball away but also caught the Millers striker who stayed down for a few minutes requiring the trainer. Pickford was on hand too when Pringle nicked the ball from Sean O`Hanlon and the 'keeper got down low to save. Wes Thomas was then guilty of missing a certain goal after a long throw from Arnason was flicked on by Claude Davis but the striker put the ball wide with the goal at his mercy. At the other end a ball into the box from Daniel Redmond eventually found Brad Potts but he failed to make contact and Millers 'keeper Adam Collin, formally with Carlisle, managed to collect the ball. With the Millers then getting possession again a Pringle corner was headed back into his own area by a home defender was eventually cleared by Lee Miller. But, with all the pressure, the Millers finally took a deserved lead on twenty-three minutes when a mix-up in the Carlisle defence saw Pickford race out of his area to try and head clear with defenders on the floor around him but Thomas got there before him and rolled the ball into the back of the net to open the scoring. And it could have been two when a couple of minutes later more defensive hesitancy saw Agard win the ball but saw his effort go wide while Alex Revell had the chance to double the score when he was in front of goal but blasted the ball over before another chance fell to Agard but his effort was hooked clear by Pascal Chimbonda. It was definitely all one-way traffic and another chance came when a James Tavernier free-kick found Revell only to see his header brilliantly palmed over by Pickford. With all the visitors pressure it was a big disappointment to the travelling six hundred and eighty-seven (plus one Newcastle fan) when the hosts got a free-kick in time added on which Redmond hit into the box and when it fell to Lee Miller his superb overhead kick left Adam Collin with no chance as it flew into the back of the net for the equaliser.
The Millers started the second half on the front foot again and Tavernier should have perhaps done better when he received the ball from an Arnason long throw but his shot went well wide while an error by Chimbonda was seized on by Richard Smallwood but his pass was just a bit too far away for Thomas to get too. Millers 'keeper Adam Collin wasn`t much troubled by a Redmond shot while Courtney Meppen-Walter had to be alert to make a vital block from a Wes Thomas shot at the other end. Lee Frecklington and Pringle saw shots go wide and when Agard was shrugged off the ball by Charni Ekangamene in the penalty, referee Steve Martin waved away the appeals for a penalty. The home side got into a bit of a rhythm and although they had more of the possession they did very little with it although Matt Robson had a free-kick which went onto the roof of the net and another free-kick saw Brad Potts put the ball over the bar. Claude Davies had a chance for the Millers but he blasted high and wide from close range but the linesman had flagged for off-side anyway while Nicky Adams, on for Thomas, was a bit wasteful when the ball fell to his feet at the back post and he couldn`t make proper contact on it before it was put away to safety. As the fourth official held the board up for a further three minutes of action the Millers fans all looked at one another all thinking 'this is when we usually score` and whether it was the willing or luck or what, who knows, but when Revell ran down the right and his low cross found Agard he flicked the ball into the corner of the net sending to win the game for the visitors and send the visiting fans wild.
Who says lightening doesn`t strike twice - or three times as in the Millers case! I think we were all settling for a point when Agard hit the winner! And it was a good goal! We should have gone in at half-time at least four up and Wes Thomas should have been picking up the match ball at the end of the game if he`d just taken the chances he had. We outplayed the Cumbrians for the first forty-five minutes and did what was necessary in the second forty-five.
Once again that never give in attitude paid of dividends.