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Dinnington Guardian, Friday, October 15, 2010

Saved by the flag by Chris Conway

MILLERS fixtures Date

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Comp

Opposition

Sat 16 Oct 3pm

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Accrington Stan

Sat 23 Oct 3pm

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Wycombe

Sat 30 Oct 3pm

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Southend

at Don Valley Stadium

LEAGUE TWO

Rotherham United 1 Stevenage 1

Ronnie Moore has labelled ruling Stevenage’s second goal offside a ‘get out of jail free card’ after a disappointing performance from The Millers. Holroyd thought he’d scored the winner for Stevenage in stoppage time, only for the offside flag to go up, although Ronnie Moore admitted his side weren’t deliberately trying to play him offside. He said: “We were lucky really with the goal that was offside, I don’t think we planned to be offside and I think we got out of jail really with that.” “I thought we defended well, I was unhappy with the midfield. We need someone getting on it, it sticks out like a sore thumb, we need someone who’s going to, when you’re under the cosh, get on the ball and take the sting out of the game, keep the possession, get the wingers.” “They’ve had twenty one crosses into our box and we’ve had ten. We’re the home team, our keepers having to make too many saves at home, that’s what disappoints me. We should be the ones in the ascendancy at home, we should be putting them on the back foot.” It was the Millers who started on the back foot in the match almost from the kick off. Starting slowly, Rotherham were overrun in midfield and found themselves under pressure every time they

Millers’ Nicky Law turns away to celebrate after puting the millers one up (picture by Steve Parkin)

got the ball from a well organised Stevenage side. Playing 451 The Boro, encouraged by a noisy away support, passed the ball well and in the 19th minute had an excellent chance to go 1-0 up. The Rotherham back four left Stacy Long unmarked in the area. Long fired in from 12 yards, but luckily for the Millers Warrington managed to block the shot with his legs. Warrington kept Rotherham in it again when, only a minute later, Ronnie Henry fired on goal from 25 yards out. The Millers stopper just managed to parry the ball to safety before clutching it up. More poor passing from Rotherham in the middle of the park, and it certainly seemed Stevenage looked more likely to score. Amazingly, The Millers took the lead just before the break in their only decent move of the first half. Fenton, keeping his place ahead of Ryan Cresswell, headed

Defence crisis as Fenton carried off The Millers are facing a defensive crisis after Nick Fenton was carried off on the 74 minute against Stevenage with a calf injury. The Rotherham defender had kept his place in the squad ahead of skipper Ryan Cresswell, who is still dealing with the loss of his grandad. Millers chief Ronnie Moore believes the injury could keep the centre half out for some time and with the clock running down on Exodus Geohaghon’s time at the Don Valley, the Rotherham manager admits his defensive could be left short. He said: “Nick said he felt his calf pop. It looks like its going to be a bad

one I think. We’ve only got Exodus until the end of the month. We can’t extend that as that’ll be his 93 days. “Cresswell is alright now and I think he should be ok for next Saturday, but we’re a little bit short there, there is no doubt about that.” The defender, who had to be helped off the pitch, was undergoing medical tests this week. Ronnie Moore said: “He’ll probably have a scan on Monday and we’ll take it from there, but normally when they say you hear a pop it’s a not a good one that’s for sure. He said he’s got up and come down on it and when he’s come down on it he’s just felt it go.”

clear a Stevenage free kick which fell to Le Fondre. Le Fondre broke, before feeding the ball through to Nicky Law, who capitalised on a mistake by a Stevenage defender allowing him to smash the ball past keeper Chris Day to make it 1-0 to Rotherham, completely against the run of play. It was like a tale of two teams after half time and Rotherham looked more like the Millers side the 4037 strong crowd expected to see. Nick Fenton was awarded a yellow card for pulling down Holroyd, but luckily for the Millers the free kick into the box fell to Exodus Geohaghon who dispatched it confidently up field. Rotherham then thought they’d gone 2-0 up when Fenton headed in past Chris Day from a Kevin Ellison corner, but the goal was disallowed with Fenton adjudged to have pushed in the area by referee Mr Scott. Long balls were fired up field

for Le Fondre and Pope to chase but they created little chances for the Rotherham strikers and although still 1-0 up, good passing and confidence looked to have gone walkabout from the Millers midfield. Then with eight minutes of normal time remaining The Boro got the goal they deserved. A poor clearance in the Millers box saw the ball fall to John Mousinho who side footed the ball in to make it 1-1. Pushing forward looking for the winner saw Rotherham almost lose 2-1, with the Millers only having the referee to thank for ruling the goal they knew little about by Holroyd as offside. Although pleased with the point after one of the Millers poorest performances so far this season, Moore believes better service is needed for his strikers. He said: “We played too many long balls and I felt sorry for the two strikers, their two centrehalf’s, ” “I thought we might have just got out of jail with the win, it’s a decent point at the end of the day but we need more than a point when we’re playing at home.”

Millers put to the test Millers gaffer Ronnie Moore believes his side are up against the best team left in the Johnstones Paint Trophy as Rotherham face Huddersfield Town in the next round. Moore, who admitted he would’ve preferred to face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, said: “It’s a bit disappointing really, to be fair Sheffield Wednesday would’ve done us, we’ve got the best side that was left in it, that’s the way I look at it. “They are a good strong side, it’ll be interesting, we’ll enjoy it and we’ll give them a game I’m sure about that. “If we’d have gotten Wednesday or something like that, it might have been a telly game, but at least you pick up some money from the competition.” Huddersfield currently sit sixth in League One and Ronnie Moore believes The Terriers have got the best squad in that league making the game a good test for the Millers. He said: “When Carlisle came out I thought, ‘I don’t fancy a trip up there’ and then Huddersfield came out. They’re arguably the best side, because

Sheffield Wednesday are above them, it’ll be a nice little tester for us.” The Millers boss was also quick to praise his managerial counterpart Lee Clark for the job he’s done since taking charge at the Galpharm back in 2008, but feels the game should not come as a distraction to Rotherham United’s main objective, picking up league points. Moore said: “Lee Clark has done a fantastic job. I think they’ll be all right this year. It’s a challenge for us, but it’s not the most important thing at this time, the most important thing is that we start picking up the league points with wins. “It’s all right being undefeated, seven games we haven’t lost, but in the modern game sometimes you’re better winning, losing, winning, losing. The one thing going undefeated does though is it gives you a bit more inner strength, and a bit of confidence.” The third round tie will take place at Don Valley Stadium in the week beginning 8 November.

Tue 2 Nov 7.45pm Lge

Macclesfield

Sat 13 Nov 3pm

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Oxford United

Sat 20 Nov 3pm

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Crewe

Tue 23 Nov 7.45pm Lge

Northampton

Sat 4 Dec 3pm

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Gillingham

Sat 11 Dec 3pm

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Aldershot

Sat 18 Dec 3pm

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Torquay

Sun 26 Dec 3pm

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Stockport

Tue 28 Dec 3pm

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Accrington Stan

Sat 1 Jan 3pm

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Port Vale

Mon 3 Jan 3pm

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Macclesfield

Sat 8 Jan

3pm

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Stevenage

Sat 15 Jan 3pm

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Southend

Sat 22 Jan 3pm

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Wycombe

Sat 29 Jan 3pm

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Stockport

Tue 1 Feb 7.45pm Lge

Port Vale

Sat 5 Feb

3pm

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Crewe

Sat 12 Feb 3pm

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Oxford United

Sat 19 Feb 3pm

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Shrewsbury

Sat 26 Feb 3pm

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Burton Albion

Sat 5 Mar 3pm

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Barnet

Tue 8 Mar 7.45pm Lge

Bradford

Sat 12 Mar 3pm

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Bury

Sat 19 Mar 3pm

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Chesterfield

Fri 25 Mar 7.45pm Lge

Lincoln City

Sat 2 Apr

3pm

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Morecambe

Sat 9 Apr

3pm

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Cheltenham

Sat 16 Apr 3pm

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Hereford

Fri 22 Apr

3pm

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Northampton

Mon 25 Apr 3pm

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Gillingham

Sat 30 Apr 3pm

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Aldershot

Sat 7 May 3pm

Lge Torquay

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