Millers Held At Home
1 September 3pm
The Millers went one up with a cracking goal from striker Chris O`Grady but still couldn`t hold onto all three points today at Millmoor.
The game was a few minutes late starting while the ground staff had to see to a hole in the Tivoli goalmouth and the first half never really lived up to the expectation we all thought it would. Both teams had few shots at goal and what there was were easily dealt with although Derek Holmes should perhaps have done better when a cross from Andy Todd found his head but he put the ball wide. John Danby did well a few minutes later to get his hands round the ball from a Chris O`Grady shot and Peter Holmes had a spectacular shot from twenty yards out but it went a fair bit off target. The visitors best chance came just before the break when ex Miller Richie Partridge won the ball, beat two players and had a shot that drifted just wide of Andy Warrington`s left hand post.
The home side came out battling in the second half and Peter Holmes had a long range shot well saved by a diving Danby and five minutes later Holmes had another powerful shot that went just over the top of the goal. A minute later the Millers took the lead when Chris O`Grady slammed the ball into the top right hand corner of the net with Danby stranded. City came back and John Murphy had a shot deflected over the bar off Graham Coughlan and Kevin Roberts sent in a shot that went just wide before the equaliser from Roberts who`s first shot came back off the post but he followed up with a header that hit the back of the net. The Millers came straight back with two chances from O`Grady and a long range shot from Danny Harrison forcing Danby to push over for the first of two quick corners. Stephen Brogan, who came on at half time for Marc Joseph, had a free kick in injury time which saw Danby punch over and from the resulting corner Danby saved well from a goal ward header from Graham Coughlan. Then came a controversial moment when Kevin Ellison hit the ball away with his hands but shouts for a penalty fell on deaf ears as referee Mr Salisbury waved away the protests leaving the fans in the Tivoli livid.
At full time Bobby Williamson would be the happier of the two managers - as last week, the Millers seemed to need a boot up their posteriors from Mark Robins at half-time to get them motivated.
Difficult today - I had votes from around me in the Tivoli for Bean, Sharps, Warrington, Peter Holmes. So, after consulting with the boss, we decided on Warrington for the double save he made.