Millers Get First Win Of Season On Their Travels
23 August 2014 3.00pm
Rotherham United got their first Championship win on the road this afternoon as they halted Millwall`s impressive run of twelve games without defeat.
It was the home side who started the better when Craig Morgan had to block a shot in the opening minutes from Lee Martin. At the other end Paul Taylor turned on the edge of the area to play in Alex Revell with the Millers` striker forcing a corner which new boy Anthony Wordsworth put just over the crossbar. On six minutes the Lions had a big shout for a penalty when a delivery from Scott McDonald was heading towards Mark Beevers but the defender appeared to be sandwich in the box but referee Paul Tierney shook his head and gave the hosts a corner instead. On the quarter of the hour mark a cross from Martin finds Ricardo Fuller but Kari Arnason put the Jamaican under pressure and he put his header wide while a cross from Carlos Edwards a minute later was well defended by Kirk Broadfoot. The home side were pushing forward and putting bit of pressure on the visitors defence having a nicely worked free-kick go wide and a corner which Adam Collin in the Millers goal first punches away before managing to grab hold of before any damage can be done. With a minute of normal time remaining of the half Rotherham really should have gone in front when the busy Taylor makes room for himself to get a shot away Lions` 'keeper David Forde can only push the ball away as far as Alex Revell who, with an open net at his mercy, somehow managed to poke the ball wide of the post. As the referee was putting the whistle to his mouth to call a close to the first half a shot from Scott Malone had a shot at goal which hit Morgan and rebounded back to him but he curled a shot over the bar.
The opening minutes of the second half saw Paul Taylor try his luck from the edge of the box and was unlucky to see his shot hit the side netting followed by Alex Revell getting himself free but after he was again barged into the referee, again, said play-on. But three minutes into the half the visitors went ahead when Taylor scurried his way to the edge of the area and put in a lovely centre for Revell. The tall striker couldn`t get to the ball but Ben Pringle was came running in and stabbed the ball home at the far post in front of the travelling fans. Following the goal the hosts had a series of corners all which saw the Millers defence looking a bit ragged but able to clear before the Millers counter-attacked and a long ball to Pringle saw the midfielder`s shot pushed behind by Forde for a corner. Just before the hour mark we saw the first yellow card of the game when Rotherham`s Joe Skarz was booked for hand-ball but the resulting free-kick didn`t trouble anyone. At the other end Revell couldn`t quite control another cross from Taylor with Millwall skipper Alan Dunne shown a yellow card for a bad foul on the Ipswich loanee who looked like he was getting ready to have a shot at goal. From the resulting Pringle free-kick Kirk Broadfoot couldn`t keep his header down with Lee Martin putting a shot wide at the other end. Anthony Wordsworth did well to head a ball behind with Craig Morgan doing the same with the resulting corner. That corner was cleared but hooked back into the box where Adam Collin and Joe Skarz went for the same ball resulting in the Millers number three having to have extensive treatment for a head injury and then, unable to continue, was replaced by Richard Wood making his league debut for Rotherham. Millwall did well to clear a Pringle corner with Collin, at the other end, doing well to punch a free-kick away from Millwall. The tricky Taylor had another good run down the pitch and his through ball almost found Lee Frecklington with Mark Beevers doing well to get in the way of the pass. The Millers had a succession of corners and trying to run time down by keeping the ball in the corner while Taylor was the next player to see yellow for what we can only think was time wasting minutes before Mr Tierney ended the game.
A good win for the Millers after a good game played by both teams this afternoon. Rotherham did well to keep the home side out with Ben Pringle taking his goal with ease giving the Millers a happy journey home with all three points.