Holmes Wrecks 'Em
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Tall striker, Derek Holmes, probably played his best game for Rotherham today and scored two goals to help them on their way to three points at home to Wrexham.
Holmes thought he had headed home a first in the fourth minute but his celebration was cut short when he saw a linesman's flag raised for off-side. From the goal kick, Chris Llewellyn flew down the left wing, caught the home team on the hop and put in a hard cross that ex Miller, Michael Proctor, just couldn't get his toe on to put it into the empty net. Wrexham then had a bit of a let off themselves when a Stephen Brogan cross was headed onto the crossbar by captain, Graham Coughlan, came out to Holmes whose shot was caught by Anthony Williams as he sprawled on the floor. The visitors were reduced to ten men on fourteen minutes when Matty Crowell received a straight red for a two footed lunge at loanee Ian Ross. But after his dismissal, Wrexham seem to come out and play their best football and Proctor could have scored when he got inbetween Ian Sharps and Andy Warrington but his shot cleared the crossbar while the linesman flagged for a foul to the Millers. Then, with ten minutes to half time, Ryan Taylor pushed the ball through to Stephen Brogan whose ball across goal found Danny Harrison. Harrison's shot was blocked by Ryan Valentine but came out to Holmes who buried the ball into the back of the net.
Four minutes into the second half Proctor stretched the Millers defence, dragged the ball back for Mark Jones whose shot curled wide of the target. The Millers should have stretched their lead when a Chris O'Grady shot found Ross but his shot was tame and easily smothered by Williams. Dale Tonge and Mark Joseph should both have scored before Holmes got his second when Brogan's cross found him at the back post and he slammed the ball in for his and the Millers second. Ten minutes later, Mark Newsham, on for Ryan Taylor, got the third of the day when a cross from Ross was headed down by O'Grady and the young striker scored with a sweet shot on the turn.
So a Happy Birthday for the Millers manager, Mark Robins, with three points that see his team going into Christmas in fourth place.