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Stockport County 2 - Rotherham United 2

Edgeley Park

25 August 3pm

Attendance: 5,764

Away point for Millers

A disputed goal from Ian Sharps and a peculiar own goal were enough to give Rotherham a point at Edgeley Park today in a hard fought contest..

The home team pounded the Millers goal from the start and in the thirteenth minute got a deserved lead when a right wing cross from David Poole found Anthony Elding who headed the ball into the back of the net. Stephen Brogan had a long range shot which went wide and Derek Holmes had a header that went agonisingly wide in the thirty-seventh minute.

The referee became centre of attention after the break when he disallowed a Graham Coughlan goal for pushing and then allowed the equaliser from Ian Sharps to stand after Brogan had taken a free kick before the whistle. The Stockport players then heard the whistle, assumed play had stopped and left Sharps free to head in the ball. County`s manager, Jim Gannon, then ranted at referee, Mr Swarbrick, who sent him to the stands. Against the run of play, the home side went into the lead again when an Adam Proudlock corner found Adam Griffin in front of goal who stooped to head in the ball. Four minutes later another Brogan free kick was headed into his own net, past goalkeeper Conrad Logan, by Matt McNeil. Derek Holmes again came close for the Millers when he headed the ball that dipped just over the bar. But with ten minutes to go, County thought they had it won, when Elding headed a cross from James Smith over Andy Warrington to see it bounce to safety off the foot of the post. Marcus Bean could have stolen all three points in the last minutes of the game but his shot went just wide of the post.

A fair result and, after a pretty poor first half, the Millers got into their stride in the second half to get a deserved point.

Star Player

Ian Sharps - another solid performance at the back and got up well for the goal




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Writer: Herringthorpe  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 25 2007

Time: 7:47PM

Your Comments

I feared the worst in the first half an hour but once we got back into the game we did fine
herringthorpe
First up what an appalling ref. Worst I have seen in over a year. Rotherham's goal where he blew as the cross was coming in and nearly every player stopped. What was that all about? No wonder Gannon blew his top. Plus the amount of shoves from Rotherham palyers that went unpunished. Shocking. Having said that you may have reason to feel aggrieved with some of the decisions he gave us. Overall I came away feeling County should have won... having said that Rotherham played the nicer football and man for man look the equal of County. Both sides will be up there at the end. Lets hope in the reverse fixture we get a better official!
greyhound
Having watched the goals today on video a number of times, I have to say, Brogan took the kick at the exact time the whistle was blown. And, we should have had a penalty - but what goes around comes around and all that. I think the teams were pretty similar too and we hope to be up around the top come May
herringthorpe
 

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