Date: 29th December 2016 at 10:26pm
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Rotherham United failed to get a third home win in a row this evening at a cold New York Stadium losing two-one to Burton Albion.

The hosts looked comfortable in the first half and had a couple of early chances to open the scoring before Millers’ ‘keeper Lewis Price had to tip away a good cross in from Lloyd Dyer. Joe Newell and Richard Wood saw shots go wide before the first yellow card of the game went to Kyle McFadzean for thing down Anthony Forde. A super free-kick from Danny Ward had Burton ‘keeper John McLaughlin at full stretch to push away with it falling to Wood who hit the side netting. Skipper Lee Frecklington was sending some lovely balls into the area with one to Newell seeing the Brewers’ ‘keeper getting down well at the near post. On the half-hour mark the visitors had a couple of good chances from both Lucas Atkins and Matthew Palmer before some neat football between Izzy Brown and Tom Adeyemi saw his shot from twenty-five yards out go wide. Frecklington was given a yellow card for a slight push on McFazdean which sent him into his own ‘keeper before the Millers raced up the other end to get a corner taken by Newell who found Woods’ head but he put the all wide. So it was very much frustrating when Burton took the lead on thirty-six minutes. A nothing shot from Atkins saw Price manage to spill the ball at the feet of former Miller Chris O’Grady who toe-poked the ball over the line. And a second came just minutes later after a cross in from Brayfield saw Jackson Irvine’s flying header hit the back of the net. As the game went into time added on Darnell Fisher found himself free inside the box but his shot-come-passed flashed agonisingly wide before Brown won a free-kick for the hosts. Newell’s set-piece found the head of Wood and with McLaughlin only able to push the ball away Tom Adeyemi was there to slip the ball over the line to make it two-one going in at half-time.

The Millers looked to be still in the dressing room when the second half started with Lucas Atkins in all sorts of space to run down the wing and get a cross in to Lloyd Dyer who fired over from close range. At the other end after some nice work from Izzy Brown the ball fell to Anthony Forde but his shot was an easy save for John McLaughlin. The visiting ‘keeper was on hand again to make a good save from a Danny Ward shot before Forde put the ball wide. Chris O’Grady had a chance to make it three-one after leaving the Millers defence for dead but headed onto the roof of the net before the Millers swept down the other end and when a lose ball fell to Darnell Fisher most of the nine thousand eight hundred crowd shouted for him to shoot with the goal gaping he put his shot wide. At the other end the Brewers won a free-kick which saw Matthew Palmer booked for taking it early, yet still being allowed to take the kick (how’s that work then?), before Damien McCrory saw yellow for a foul on Peter Odemwingie, on for Forde. Lee Frecklington saw a shot go wide before an Odemwingie free-kick went straight into the waiting arms of McLaughlin before a Millers corner ends up with Darnell Fisher having to make a fantastic challenge at the other end to prevent Dyer getting a shot at goal. Danny Ward was the next to get a yellow for the hosts followed by former Miller Shaun Barker who replaced Palmer for the last couple of minutes. In the dying seconds the Millers got a corner which Lewis Price scampered up to be involved in but to no avail as it was kicked away by a Burton defender with the visitors leaving with all three points.

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