Date: 30th September 2017 at 6:06pm
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Rotherham United gained another three points at home this afternoon by the narrow margin of one-nil against Northampton Town – but they didn’t half make it hard work.

The Cobblers, who included former Millers favourite Alex Revell in their starting eleven, tried their luck in the opening minutes when Dean Bowditch put a lovely looking cross into the area but Millers’ ‘keeper Marek Rodak collected. A minute later Joe Mattock had to be aware when Bowditch tried to set Daniel Powell up for a shot before a super shot from George Smith left the Millers defence standing as it went inches past the post. At the other end after a good ball in from Mattock, Kieffer Moore won a corner which came to nothing when referee blew for a foul by Rotherham skipper Lee Frecklington. A ball across the goal behind the Millers defenders saw Smith take a shot which Shaun Cummings did well to block before the Millers raced up the other end and when Moore went round stranded ‘keeper Matt Ingram, Ash Taylor did well to clear off the line with the following corner falling to the Millers striker only for him to see his shot blocked again. After Powell saw a chance go wide, home defender Richard Wood did well to stop a ball getting to Bowditch. On twenty-five minutes some lovely play by Moore saw him get the ball down for Michael Ihiekwe who brought a great save from Ingram who palmed the ball onto the bar followed by the Cobblers’ goalie saving again from a Joe Newell free-kick and then again from a Frecklington shot. In time added on Matt Grimes and Smith both had half-chances which the Millers defence managed to get away to safety.

The second half started as the first with Dean Bowditch testing Marek Rodak before the Joe Newell tries to set Lee Frecklington up putting a ball into the area which was claimed by Matt Ingram. But on fifty-two minutes after an effort from the edge of the box from Shaun Cummings was only parried by Ingram in a ruck of bodies it eventually fell to Kieffer Moore who slipped the ball over the line to give the hosts the lead. And but for some good work from Ash Taylor, Moore could have doubled the lead minutes later followed by some good work from Richie Towell who flicked the ball to Ryan Williams only for Ingram to fall onto the ball to save. At the other end Michael Ihiekwe did well to get to a cross from Alex Revell before Rodak pulled off super saves from both Daniel Power and Billy Waters, who had come on earlier for Smith. It was back to the walls a bit for the Millers with Bowditch trying his luck from the edge of the area before both Aaron Pierre and Matt Grimes saw shots blocked on the line. With twenty minutes to go Moore perhaps should have had a second when he jumped highest to a Newell corner only to see his header hit the crossbar and go out to safety. Which was the Millers’ top scorers last action of the afternoon being replaced by Jonson Clarke-Harris. A poor foul by Darren Potter on Billy Waters earned the first yellow card of the afternoon. Marc Richards replaced Daniel Powell for the visitors before Newell wound his way around the Northampton defence and sent Clarke-Harris on his way only for the Cobblers’ ‘keeper to make a fine save from the striker. With two minutes to go Northampton looked like scoring after Brendan Moloney’s shot looked to be heading for goal only for a deflection to send it out for a corner. Richie Towell was taken off with Will Vaulks coming on. Frecklington did well to work his way into the box but his cross for Newell was cut out and the visitors flew up the other end with Ihiekwe taking one for the team hauling down Alex Revell before he could do any damage. As added on time ticked by some good work from Williams saw him send Vaulks into the area and one-on-one with the ‘keeper should have really done better than put his effort wide. Lee Frecklington was replaced by Semi Ajayi with only a minute left. Wood and Potter did well to stop the ball finding a Cobblers player in the area before the Millers went up the other end and held on for the win.

It wasn’t pretty out there today and the Millers had plenty of chances to put the game to bed early on but Northampton might feel a little aggrieved that they didn’t go home with a point.