Valuable Point for Millers
9 February 3pm
A superb goal from Danny Harrison gave the Millers a point at Milton Keynes this afternoon, although the draw was somewhat marred by a nasty injury to young defender, Stephen Brogan.
Brogan, who had been the best Miller of a poor bunch in the first half, nipped inbetween two defenders on the fifty-fifth minute and goalkeeper Willy Gueret came out and clattered into the nineteen year old to leave him sprawled on the ground in agony. After being treated on the pitch he was stretchered off and taken straight to hospital where it was found he has breaks to his fibia and tibia.
The first half started with the home side passing the ball about with the confidence that being top of the league gives you and they went in front on the sixteenth minute when Keith Andrews started a run from midfield and with a pass that split the Millers defence, found Kevin Gallen who slid an angled shot home past Andy Warrington. Brogan could have had two goals himself but his shots were feeble and both easy for Gueret to stop. The away side gave a debut to loanee, Adrian Pettigrew, but Lloyd Dyer seemed too much for the Chelsea defender, although Pettigrew did clear the ball off the line when Dyer had beaten Warrington. Dyer was in the action just afterwards and squared a ball to Mark Wright but his weak shot was easily cleared. Chris O'Grady could have got an equaliser when he got into the box and unleashed a powerful shot at goal and forced a flying save from Gueret.
The sickening injury to Brogan early in the second half took the wind out of the sails of both teams until Warrington saved from Dean Lewington and Gallen shot straight at the Millers 'keeper with either side of the goal wide open. But, the Millers brought on Ryan Taylor and Jamie Yates and the pace stepped up a gear and a cross from the left from O'Grady to Taylor was laid off to Harrison whose thunderous shot from twenty yards out sailed into the top corner of the net leaving Gueret standing watching. In the seven minutes of added stoppage time it was the away side who looked the more lively and Harrison had another shot at goal but Gueret made a good block to his left to keep it out.
Another point on their travels but the Millers have dropped down a place to fourth as the teams around them won and have probably lost the hard working Brogan for the remainder of the season.