Millers Grab Point At The Death
11 November 2017 12.30pm
Attendance: 12,428 (3,829 Millers)
Rotherham United got a point at the Keepmoat this afternoon but Paul Warne's men left it mighty late scoring seven minutes into five minutes time added on.
Before a game there was a minutes silence to honour Armistice Day which was impeccably kept by both sets of supporters.
The Millers started well with Jon Taylor, recalled to league action after injury, causing the Rovers midfield some problems early on followed by Richard Wood keeping his head at the other end to get the better of John Marquis and put the ball out for a corner. Top scorer Kieffer Moore looked set to open the scoring for the visitors but Joe Wright did well to get his head to the ball and put it out. The Millers defence had to be on their toes twenty minutes into the game when a good James Coppinger corner Tommy Rowe whose flick was cleverly played back to him from Darren Potter to go out for a goal kick. Around the half-an-hour mark Rovers had a shout for a penalty when Marquis went down in the box under a Moore challenge but referee Scott shook his head. After former Millers loanee Harry Toffolo sent a cross into the box which Semi Ajayi put behind, Millers' 'keeper Richard O'Donnell did well to get above everyone else to claim the ball from the corner kick. A minute later O'Donnell was again called into action doing well to catch the ball in the air with Marquis underneath it. The travelling four thousand Millers behind the goal thought Rotherham had taken the lead on thirty-five minutes when the lively Ryan Williams floated a ball into the box which Ajayi did well to get his head to only to see the ball hit the crossbar and come out to Wood who also put his header onto the woodwork but with Ian Lawlor in the home net on his back inside the goal he claimed the ball. Wood was claiming a goal, four thousand Millers were claiming a goal but referee Scott wasn't giving it. A Millers free-kick some twenty-five yards gave them another chance to score before half-time but with Newell, Taylor and Vaulks all over it, Vaulks took it and it flew into his own fans. In time added on in the first half the Millers got another free-kick which Joe Newell took looking for Moore who got up well but saw his header deflected for a corner which was easily cleared by the home defence.
In the opening minute of the second half Kieffer Moore had the chance to put Rotherham ahead after a Jon Taylor free-kick found his head and with Ian Lawlor thankful when the ball went inches past the post. The hosts had a great opportunity ten minutes into the half when John Marquis had a chance but instead of shooting he opted to pass to James Coppinger only for Michael Ihiekwe to intercept. Will Vaulks had a chance for the Millers minutes later but put the ball into the waiting arms of Lawlor before Richard O'Donnell did well at the other end to get to a ball in from Coppinger with Marquis lurking. Just after the hour mark the hosts went in front after Rodney Kongolo left his marker for dead putting a good ball into the centre which found Richard Wood who somehow hooked the ball into his own net with O'Donnell looking on in despair. Three minutes later it could have been two with the Millers rocked by the goal they let Mathieu Baudry have far too much room but he saw his shot go narrowly past the post. Jon Taylor looked to ask to come off and was replaced by Richie Towell on sixty-eight minutes. Ihiekwe was the first player to be shown yellow for a poor foul on Matty Blair. Marquis saw a shot blocked before the ball was played back in to Baudry whose header was easily saved by O'Donnell before Marquis saw a shot rise over the crossbar. Looking like he wanted more attacking options Paul Warne sent Jonson Clarke-Harris on for Josh Emmanuel with Rovers' Craig Alcock replacing Matty Blair. . In the final ten minutes. O'Donnell did well to come off his line and head the ball away from an on rushing Marquis and minutes later at the other end a Moore header went out for a corner which Clarke-Harris got to but only put it as far as Lawlor. The Millers had another chance when Darren Potter put a lovely ball in for Clarke-Harris but his shot cannoned off the post with the rebound falling to Vaulks whose shot was put out for a corner which came to nothing. Rovers brought off Coppinger who appeared to speak to every player on the pitch before leaving it, with the referee looking at his watch, with Liam Mandeville coming on and Richard Wood was replaced by David Ball for the visitors. With two minutes of normal time left a Rovers free-kick found the head of Marquis who saw the ball go just past the post. As the game went into five minutes of time added on the Millers fans were shouting for their players to keep going and keep going they did. A cross from Vaulks was headed across goal by Moore towards Ajayi who couldn't get the ball from under his feet to put the ball in the net. With many Millers fans heading for the exits they were soon brought back when Ball saw his one-on-one shot saved the ball fell to Moore who clipped it towards goal but it was sent back to him off the back of a defender and his goal poaching instincts came to the fore when he put the ball over the line to get his thirteenth goal of the season and more importantly get the Millers a point.
It was really another game of two halves this afternoon with the Millers having most of the play in the first half and Doncaster coming back to play better in the second half. But, Paul Warne can't be anything but pleased that his Millers players kept going to get a point from the South Yorkshire derby.