Millers lose out to Robins
28 April 2007 3 pm
Attendance: 3 876
Rotherham United were like two different teams today as Cheltenham came from two down to win four-two and secure their League One status for another season.
The home side should have been in the lead in the first minute when Ian Henderson collected a pass from Martin Woods who centred for Delroy Facey. Facey then managed to direct his shot wide of the goal from close range. But they did go into the lead with fourteen minutes gone, when the ball bounced awkwardly in the box and fell to young forward Marc Newsham who hit a right-foot shot into the back of the net giving Scott Brown no chance in goal. Things got better on the twenty-second minute when Facey darted down the flanks and crossed the ball low to Ian Henderson who knocked it into the far corner for his first goal for the Millers. The home side put more pressure on the visitors with some tidy passing and Town couldn`t seem to find an answer. So it was a bit against the run of play when, in the last minute of the first half, the Robins got a goal back from Kayode Odejayi who headed past Gary Montgomery from ten yards out. The Millers could have restored the two goal lead a minute after when Brown made a reflex save from Stephen Brogan, who reacted quickest to the rebound only to find Craig Armstrong there to block his shot.
Cheltenham scored the equaliser in the first few seconds of the second half when Montgomery failed to get to a cross from Odejayi and Steven Gillespie was able to roll the ball calmly into an open net. Ten minutes later Gillespie again sent the fans in the railway end of the ground into a frenzy as he smashed a dipping shot over the goalkeeper from twenty yards out. The Millers put on Michael Keane who nearly scored with his first touch when Facey picked him out at the far post but he put the ball wide when it looked easier to score. The Millers were never at the races in the second half and were always second to the ball and it was no surprise when Town scored their fourth in the final minutes of the game, when Odejayi passed the ball across the box to Irishman John Melligan who smashed the ball into the net past a helpless Montgomery.
So as the Millers limped out of their last home game of the season the fans, who had waited behind, were applauded by the players and management for their support and were heard singing 'there`s only one Mark Robins,` as they left the ground.