Date: 30th April 2016 at 6:12pm
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Rotherham United`s final home game of the season ended in Neil Warnock`s first home defeat since taking over the Manager`s job in February.

The Millers started well and in the opening minute of the game won a throw which Greg Halford launched into a crowded penalty area only for a blue shirted player to head it away. For the next five minutes it was a bit stop-and-start with neither side seemingly wanting to actually move the ball forward before Blackburn won a corner. Taken by Matt Grimes the ball was at perfect height for Shane Duffy who headed home to send the one thousand two hundred visiting fans wild. At the other end a Richie Smallwood free-kick found Richie Wood in the area but the linesman had his flag up for off-side before Rovers got a free-kick which Halford did well to get in front off as the ball looked to be heading towards goal. On the quarter of an hour mark there was a great chance for the Millers when Stephen Kelly was allowed to get to the byline and found Leon Best who in turn found Joe Mattock but the defenders shot went wide when it really looked easier to score. The Millers had picked up the tempo a bit and a shot from Lee Frecklington looked to be heading towards the goal but was blocked and some nice work from Best minutes later saw him get the ball down for Matt Derbyshire but the former Rovers striker volleys wide. A super save from Rovers` ‘keeper Jason Steele was needed to keep out an equally super shot from Grant Ward before Kelly does well to stop Elliott Bennett by taking the ball off him. Grant Ward shows slight of foot and races down the pitch to win a corner which came to nothing before a shot from Derbyshire is stopped by a blue shirt. On thirty-five minutes Lee Camp pulls off a great save when it looked like all Danny Graham had to do was to put the ball in the net but the Millers` ‘keeper denies him. The first sub of the day is for the hosts when Joe Mattock limped off the pitch on forty minutes to be replaced by Frazer Richardson. In the final minute of the half some nice work from Richardson saw him put a cross into the area which finds the head of Best but with only himself to beat from two yards out he managed to put the ball wide.

The second half started slow, was slow in the middle and ended slow. Frazer Richardson found some room down the wing but his cross was too deep and went to safety before some good work from Grant Ward saw him try to get a ball through to Leon Best but the Millers striker was a little too slow to react. At the other end Darragh Lenihan found himself in space and had a shot at goal which Lee Camp claimed at a second attempt. Grant Ward did more good running down the pitch and with no-one up with him he decided to try a shot from twenty-five yards out but it was easy for Jason Steele. Another brilliant save from Camp keeps the Millers in the game after Ben Marshall got the ball through to Jordi Gomez who one-on-one with Camp found the Millers ‘keeper on good form. On the hour mark the Millers won a free-kick which was taken by Richie Smallwood but easily cleared by the visitors defence. Both Matt Derbyshire and Lee Frecklington saw headers go over the crossbar before a good ball into the box from the latter wasn`t picked up by anyone I a red shirt and rolled to safety while Camp did well to get down to a shot from Elliott Bennett at his near post. The first Rovers sub saw Bennett taken off and Simeon Jackson replace him before Lee Frecklington and Matt Derbyshire (who got a good round of applause from both home and away fans) were replaced with Jerome Thomas and Danny Ward. Camp pulled off another fantastic save managing to keep out a Gomez header and from the corner Jackson fluffed his lines a little by missing a good chance to double the visitors lead. Thomas did well to get past his marker and whip a ball into Best in the area but the striker failed to connect before Smallwood managed to flick the ball over a defender in the area but before he could get to the ball it was taken away by Grant Hanley. With ten minutes to go some more good work from Thomas saw his cross find the head of Richard Wood but it was a bit tame and went into the waiting arms of Steele. Matt Grimes makes way for Craig Conway for the visitors. Good work from Grant Ward saw him get a cross into the box which was headed away for a corner which comes to nothing before some nice work from the Millers skipper Kirk Broadfoot gets the hosts forward. Danny Ward is the next to put a cross into the box but again Steele is equal to it.

And that`s your lot ladies and gentleman for this season at the New York Stadium.
There`s been the ups and the downs and the downs and more downs to be fair this season. We`ve seen some great goals, we`ve probably seen more glaring misses and today`s game was, to be honest, numbmindingly boring. But that is the life of a Miller.

Will we be there next season? Oh you bet we will!

 
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