Date: 23rd October 2015 at 11:09pm
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Neil Redfearn`s first derby game as Rotherham United Manager ended in a two-one loss despite the first half being an even affair.

The Owls had the first forage towards goal when former Millers loanee Jack Hunt put a good ball through to Ross Wallace whose long range shot was easily saved by Millers ‘keeper Lee Camp. At the other end former Owl Lewis Buxton did well to find Matt Derbyshire but the striker`s header went wide before the visitors had a couple of free-kicks that came to nothing. Grant Ward did well to control the ball but his cross into the middle misses everyone and goes out for a goal-kick before Tony Andreu plays a nice ball down the line for Buxton who also fails to find anyone in the box with his ball in. Barry Bannan manages to get a header towards goal but Camp easily caught it before Jonson Clarke-Harris tries his luck at the other end with Kieren Westwood in the Owls` goal having to have to chances before catching the ball. On twenty minutes Ross Wallace saw his curling shot go just over the top of the crossbar before Clarke-Harris in his own penalty area did well to win the ball of Daniel Pudil sending Derbyshire on his way but the Millers striker was well tackled and the ball went out for a goal-kick. Seeing Camp off his line Hunt decided to try a shot and saw the ball skid along and out for a Millers throw-in before Farrend Rawson made a brilliant interception taking the ball off Kieran Lee and getting it away to safety. At the other end Derbyshire finds Paul Green with a super cross but the midfielder makes a bit of a hash of it before another good ball in from Buxton towards Derbyshire was cleared and from the resulting corner from Andreu skipper Danny Collins headed across goal missing everyone. Rawson had to be on his toes again going into the break when Bannan and Lucas Joao linked up getting the ball clear and a super cross at the other end from Grant Ward wasn`t controlled by Green. The Owls then had the two best chances of the half when first Bannan got into the box and headed onto the roof of the net before Joao got the better of Collins and crossed to Lee who shot over before a slip by Camp allowed Fernando Forestieri in but the Millers` ‘keeper did well to get back and make a good save. As the board went up for an extra minute of time (why only one when Westwood was time wasting from the opening minutes we shall never know) Hunt hauled Derbyshire down and got the first yellow card of the game.

Sheffield Wednesday came out fighting and the second half was only seconds old when Lee Camp made a save with his feet from Fernando Forestieri but then saw the ball roll to Lucas Joao who had the simple task of putting the ball over the line to send the visiting two and a half thousand Owls fans wild. Neil Redfearn reacted to this with a substitute fetching on former Owl Chris Maguire for Tony Andreu and a minute later the Owls fans were in raptures again after a corner kick was allowed to reach Daniel Pudil who headed downwards and Camp originally appeared to catch the ball but then let it go and it fell to Forestieri who tapped the ball into the net to make it two-nil. Jonson Clarke-Harris was booked for arguing with Referee Mike Jones before Paul Green gifted Barry Bannan the ball who sent it to Joao who, thankfully for the Millers, messed it up and put it well over the crossbar. The Millers got two quick free-kicks the first ending with Derbyshire putting wide and the second which the troublesome Clarke-Harris won was taken by Maguire and brought off a good save from Kieren Westwood. A nasty foul on Maguire from Bannan left the Millers fans fuming behind the dugouts when Mr Jones only dished out a yellow but from the resulting free-kick saw Danny Collins head the ball down to Clarke-Harris but his shot was blocked by the two defenders who had followed him around all night. The next person to see yellow was Sam Hutchinson after another poor tackle on Maguire. Bannan became the next blue shirted player to sky the ball over the crossbar before Hutchinson can perhaps count himself lucky not to see another yellow for a bit of a cynical foul on Clarke-Harris and from the Maguire free-kick Jordan Bowery, on for Paul Green, saw his effort drift wide although it did seem to come off the arm of Tom Lees. Derbyshire then gets a yellow card when he tripped up Forestieri with Pudil following him a few minutes later when he left the Millers striker on the floor. As the board for four minutes of time added on went up Clarke-Harris brought off a good save from Westwood before Harry Toffolo was brought down and Maguire`s resulting free-kick found Tom Thorpe who swung his foot at the ball and put it into the bottom corner of the net to give the Millers a consolation.

Well there was nothing in this game in the first half – very equal with both sides not really having many shots. But the Owls were the better side in the second half although both their goals really came from defensive mistakes.

Oh well, once a Miller always a Miller and on to Derby next Saturday.