Date: 19th April 2016 at 11:06pm
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Rotherham United took their unbeaten run to ten games this evening with a one-all draw against Huddersfield Town at the New York Stadium.

Rotherham started the better and in the opening minutes won a free-kick and corner which came to nothing before Huddersfield got into their stride and only a good block from Stephen Kelly stopped a ball in finding Rajiv Van La Parra at the back post. From the resulting corner the Millers got a breakaway when Grant Ward sent Matt Derbyshire on his way with the Millers striker earning a corner. The corner swung in and fell to Greg Halford who hit the ball towards goal and with a few deflections on its way eventually found the back of the net which started the chants from the Millers fans of ‘we are staying up.` And it could have been two a couple of minutes later when a volley from Grant Ward saw Jed Steer in the Terriers goal parry behind for a corner. And it was Grant Ward again who set a move off when he got the ball superbly to Lee Frecklington and just a bit more power on it from the Millers club captain might have found Richie Smallwood in a shooting position. Another chance came from a Joe Mattock corner when he found Frecklington whose shot was deflected to Richard Wood only for the defender to see his header well held by Steer. Mattock was the next to have a go but his deflected shot was saved before a Derbyshire volley saw Steer jump highest for and catch. Towns` equaliser came on the back of this Millers pressure and when Harry Bunn pinched the ball from Danny Ward he found Nahki Wells in acres of space and the Terriers top striker tried his luck from fifteen yards out which Rotherham ‘keeper Lee Camp got a hand to but saw it squirm underneath him and into the net sending the eighteen hundred visiting fans wild. Danny Ward was winning headers for the hosts but there never seemed to be anyone there to collect them as even Frecklington had to be alert to stop a ball reaching a fluorescent shirt in the area. Richie Smallwood had a good chance when he received a good ball from Halford but he put his shot into the waiting arms of Steer before Kirk Broadfoot had to make a good intervention to stop Jason Davison getting clear. Derbyshire had a shot which Steer claimed before a Joe Lolley corner was well caught by Camp. Wood did well to stop Wells in his tracks before the Huddersfield striker had another chance which Camp did well to stop at the near post with the Millers shot-stopper having the last of the action of the first half when he easily caught a Van La Parra free-kick.

The Millers started the second half strongly but didn`t seem to be getting very far. Danny Ward had a good run and just yards from goal tries his luck only to see his shot blocked before a Lee Frecklington effort takes a deflection and went over the crossbar. The first substitutes of the game were just short of the hour mark when Town replaced Rajiv Van La Parra and Harry Bunn with Jamie Paterson and Karim Matmour. Grant Ward had a great chance a minute later when a fantastic ball from Danny Ward was spot on for his namesake whose glanced header went inches past the back post. At the other end Joe Lolley easily gets by his marker and only a good stop from Lee Camp stopped the midfielder getting a second for the visitors. Some good running from Danny Ward saw him waiting for a pass from Derbyshire but the striker`s ball was too quick and too far before some more good work from Richard Wood stopped Nahki Wells getting a shot away. The Millers first sub of the night saw Leon Best replace Matt Derbyshire and within a minute of him coming on Jed Steer had to keep his nerve when a back pass saw the Millers sub closing in on him. At the other end a cool clearance from Camp found Frecklington who in turn tried to play Danny Ward in but a Town defender got there first and put it out for a corner which resulted in a bit of head tennis and in the end an easy catch for Steer. After a short break for a swap of officials – the linesman becoming the Fourth Official and vice versa – Grant Ward earns the Millers a throw which is launched into the box by Greg Halford. Kirk Broadfoot turns a full circle in the box and sets up Richard Wood who didn`t hit the ball cleanly and it went into the arms of Steer. Mark Hudson did well to stop Best getting to a Danny Ward cross before a lovely shot from Wells at the other end whizzed past the upright. Minutes later some more good work from Wells looked to be heading for goal before Camp managed to get the ball away and at the other end a Joe Mattock free-kick caused all sorts of problems in the Town box before Steer pushed it away but only as far as Wood who put the ball across goal instead of having a shot. In the final five minutes of the game Joel Lynch tried an effort from thirty-five yards out which wasn`t too far away before the Town fans were on there feet celebrating when Wells, on the goal line, tapped the ball into the net only to see a linesman`s flag raised for off-side. As the ninety was up on the clock the visitors replaced Joe Lolley with Sean Scannell. Some nice play from Grant Ward in the box saw him try and play in Danny Ward but the ball evaded him before Matmour tried a shot from distance at the other end that flew into his own fans behind the net.

It wasn`t the best game the Millers have played but it is another point towards safety and sees them go above Bristol City on goal difference this evening.

There are five teams on forty-eight points going into Saturday`s games and with Charlton Athletic getting relegated this evening just one place left to sort out and surely after all the hard work we`ve put in over the last few weeks, it won`t be the Millers making use of it.

 
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