Date: 25th April 2015 at 7:19pm
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Rotherham United rallied in the final part of the second half of today`s home game to take a point of promotion hopeful`s Norwich City.

Both teams and supporters came together before the game to stand and observe a minute`s silence in memory of the Bradford City Fire thirtieth anniversary.

City were quickest out of the blocks and some good work down the right saw Wes Hoolahan cut inside Danny Lafferty to get his side the first corner of the game. From the corner former Miller Lewis Grabban didn`t make himself any friends by throwing himself down inside the box hoping for a penalty which referee Mark Brown waved away. Straight from the goal kick the Millers went down the other end but a low cross from Matt Derbyshire was easily cleared by Jonny Howson before Nathan Redmond found himself free at the other end but his shot wasn`t the best and Emi Martinez in the home goal easily saved. The Millers got a free-kick after Seb Bassong bumped Derbyshire to the floor but Bassong made amends by heading Ben Pringle`s effort to safety. A few minutes later a cross into the box from Jack Hunt just failed to reach Danny Ward with Canaries ‘keeper John Ruddy doing well to fall onto a header from Kirk Broadfoot. At the other end captain Craig Morgan was on hand to stop Martin Olson in his tracks before Grabban, who was causing problems by-passed Broadfoot with a neat move but pulled his shot wide. On twenty-six minutes the visitors went down to ten men when Mark Brown showed a straight red to Grabban after he threw a punch at Morgan and minutes later Ruddy saw yellow for protesting over something that had nothing to do with him. On the half-hour mark the hosts really should have opened the scoring after Derbyshire put a superb ball through for Ward who put the ball millimetres wide of the goal. Pringle then, in my eyes, was a very lucky ball after he and Graham Dorrans tussled over the ball with the Millers man going back for a bit of afters which Mark Brown decided just to give the pair a verbal warning. With five minutes to go before half-time a lovely ball from Kari Arnason found Pringle at the back post with his hooked shot being dropped by Ruddy it was put behind by a defender with the resulting corner ending when Arnason headed over. The Millers then got a free-kick some thirty-yards out after Bradley Johnson hacked Arnason down. A bit of argy-bargy went on over who was taking it with both Richie Smallwood and Arnason taking the ball from each other before Smallwood eventually placed and took the kick only to put it straight into the visitors wall. As the half was coming to an end Martinez did well to push a shot from Olsson round the post.

Rotherham began the second half putting Norwich under pressure with Seb Bassong heading towards his own goal and was lucky to see John Ruddy dive to save the ball. Nice work from Jack Hunt saw him swing a ball into the area for Matt Derbyshire but the Rotherham striker wasn`t quick enough to get to it before a misdirected header from Jonny Howson fell to Danny Ward but he sliced his shot wide. Howson then gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area after bringing down Kari Arnason but Ben Pringle`s set-piece couldn`t been Ruddy. A long throw a few minutes later from Arnason causes havoc in the box and with Derbyshire, Ward and Broadfoot in there Norwich were lucky to clear. A shot from Ward ended up nearer the back of the Kop than the goal while a long punt upfield a few minutes later from Emi Martinez found Ward`s superb flick-on just too long for Derbyshire. Of course, after all the Millers pressure, the inevitable happened. Nathan Redmond set off like a steam train and fed the ball to Gary Hooper who settled himself, looked up and sent a fantastic shot from twenty-yards out over Martinez into the top corner of the net. Eight minutes later Ruddy kept Norwich in front when he did very well to deny Lee Frecklington from eight yards out while Martinez showed what Arsenal see in him when he managed to tip a deflected shot from Johnson over the bar. And the Millers really should have been equal with fifteen minutes to go when Jordan Bowery, on for Danny Ward, finds Derbyshire with a great ball but somehow the Millers striker put the ball wide. Cameron Jerome came on to replace Redmond and his first contribution was to elbow Danny Lafferty and with the Millers fans shouting ‘off, off, off` was probably lucky just to see a yellow. Derbyshire was then guilty of two more misses when he tried a bicycle kick which wasn`t going anywhere but wide before a Hunt cross found him and his looping header clipped the top of the crossbar and went behind for a goal kick. Howson is the next Norwich player to see yellow after he clipped the heels of Arnason before Frecklington maybe should have equalised when, seeing Ruddy off his line, saw his shot go just over the bar. But the pressure finally paid off on eighty-six minutes after some wonderful work from Adam Hammill, on for Pringle, found an un-marked Bowery at the far post who headed the ball into the net sending the nine thousand Millers` fans ecstatic. And they could have taken the lead a few minutes later when Hammill`s free-kick went just the wrong side of the post. Hearing that after being three-one up Millwall were now drawing with Derby the Millers fans were willing Rotherham to get a winner in the dying minutes and with the ball falling to Arnason they were all disappointed to see it go over from thirty-five yards out. Frecklington is the next player to have a chance and just miss before another super cross from Hunt into the box finds Derbyshire but his effort is off target.

So, it`s as you were at the bottom end of the table with the Millers still one place and one point above Millwall. Although with Norwich only getting a point it means that Watford will be playing Premier League football next season.

I really thought we would come out fighting today but for most of the first half we seemed happy to be passing the ball backwards more than getting it forward – OK it stopped the opposition scoring but it meant we had to counter-attack and when you’ve only one up front then I don`t really think that was ever going to get us anywhere.

 
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