Millers Holmes Draw
22 September 3pm
Millmoor celebrated two things today, the fact that there had been football played there for one hundred years, which saw some ex players come back to take the applause at half time and also there was a minutes applause before the game to celebrate the life of ex Millers manager, Ian Porterfield, who died last week.
But Notts County hadn`t read the script when Spencer Weir-Daley equalised after Peter Holmes had put the home side in front on the seventh minute.
The Millers came out, all guns blazing, putting early pressure on the visitors and twice in the first few minutes, Derek Holmes headed the ball down into the area for Bruce Dyer but the well travelled striker was hustled off the ball and his shots came to nothing. When the goal came it was a stunner from Peter Holmes who picked the ball up from twenty-five yards out, put it onto his left foot and drove it hard and low past Kevin Pilkington in County`s net. Straight away, County could have equalised when Andy Warrington saved from Spencer Weir-Daley and the dangerous looking striker could have had another a few minutes later. The home side looked dangerous on the counter-attack and just before County scored Lee Canoville blocked well to stop Stephen Brogan. County started to come to life and Jason Lee and Weir-Daley could both have scored before a slip by Dale Tonge let in Lawrie Dudfield who was challenged by Marcus Bean. The ball spun off Dudfield`s legs and Weir-Daley was there to slide the ball into the net, with the Millers defence appealing for off-side. It could have been worse for the home side if Coughlan hadn`t stopped a shot from Weir-Daley on the line before the half-time whistle.
The visitors were the better side in the second half too although Derek Holmes should have done better at the start of the half but he dragged his shot wide. Pilkington got fingertips to a shot from Danny Harrison and put the ball over the bar and Weir-Daley, easily County`s best player, blew an opportunity to take all three points before the end of the game when he twisted and turned in the area to see the ball go just over the crossbar.
Not a good display from the Millers and some of our passing was, frankly, woeful. There is no doubting that Steve Thompson will be the happier of the two managers tonight.