The Millers had six games in October starting with a visit to Gigg Lane. The Millers started the game well but Bury got into it and were unlucky not to capitalise on an uncharacteristic mistake from Andy Warrington when he mis-punched a ball and it fell to a Bury player but he shot well over from ten yards out. On forty-one minutes Ryan Lowe did intercept a bad back pass from Exodus Geohoghan to Warrington and scored a goal for the home side. Two minutes into the second half the Millers were equal when Kevin Ellison hit a ball in front of an onrushing Adam Le Fondre who just had to nod it home in front of the travelling Millers fans.
Ronnie Moore said that he had ‘irons in the fire’ regarding fetching in players on loan.
The next game was in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on a Wednesday evening at Burton. Mark Bradley scored his first goal for Rotherham on sixty-five minutes and went further into the lead fourteen minutes later when Kevin Ellison was bundled over in the penalty area and picked himself up to coolly put the ball in the net from the penalty spot. Burton got a goal back from Richard Walker seven minutes from time to make it an interesting end to the game.
Bradley’s goal was nominated for the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy Ultimate Finish Award.
After the game Ronnie Moore admitted that his side ‘just edged’ it and said that he thought Jamie Annerson, in goal, was ‘fantastic’ while Kevin Ellison said that usual penalty taker, Adam Le Fondre, would be ‘worried’!
The Millers first game of the month at Don Valley was against thirteenth in the league, Stevenage in a first ever encounter between the two sides. The game began slowly and it was the fifteen minute before either ‘keeper had anything to do and it was the visitors Chris Day who did well to get down to a volley from Kevin Ellison. Five minutes later Andy Warrington did well to block a shot from Stevenage with his legs. Against the run of play, Nicky Law put the Millers in the lead three minutes into time added on in the first half. The second half was a bit scrappy and when Ellison put the ball in the net from a corner, referee Scott ruled it out for pushing. Stevenage took hold of the game and on eighty-two minutes John Mousinho found himself alone and put the ball past Warrington.
This was the Millers third league draw on the trot and, after the game, Ronnie Moore said he thought his side ‘competed well but didn’t play well’ saying he was disappointed with the midfield.
The Millers then suffered a blow after finding out that Nick Fenton could be out for a while with another calf injury.
The Reserves took on Derby County Reserves at Don Valley and goals from Ryan Taylor and Stephen Brogan (2) gave the Millers a three-one win. Ronnie Moore praised the Reserves for coming back from one down to win and said that Stephen Brogan’s performance had given him ‘food for thought.’
The Millers visited the Fraser Eagle Stadium for their next League game against Accrington Stanley (and I don’t believe there was a milk bottle in sight!) Andy Warrington had a rush of blood to his head on nine minutes and came way out of his area leaving it easy for Andy Parkinson to put the home side one up. On sixteen minutes Adam Le Fondre ceased on a header from Ryan Cresswell and clear on goal was pulled back by debutante Kevin Long. Long saw red and Alfie got his eleventh goal of the season from the resulting spot kick. Ian Dunbavin, in Stanley’s goal, was busy for the rest of the half and the Millers were becoming frustrated at not being able to get the ball in the net. Four minutes into the second half a corner fooled the Millers defence and Jimmy Ryan put the home side back into the lead. Alfie thought he had the equaliser but was deemed to be offside while Dunbavin again pulled off some good saves to deny the Millers. That was until the eightieth minute when Exodus Geohaghon climbed above everyone to head in a Nicky Law corner and in time added on Geohaghon took one of his famous long throws, finding Cresswell who headed into the net, much to the delight of the travelling Millers fans.
After the game Ronnie Moore said that his side should have had more goals and thought Exodus was one of the better players but has to remember that he’s a centre-back and not ‘Georgie Best.’
The Npower judges agreed with Moore because Exodus was in the NPower League Two Team of the week
On the 18th of the month, Vital Football celebrated their fifth birthday.
Shrewsbury Town recalled Dean Holden from his loan spell with the Millers.
Ryan Taylor announced that he felt he was ready for a first team recall after having two ninety minutes for the reserves while Dale Tonge was hoping to get the ‘all clear’ to step up his training after suffering a broken foot.
Ronnie Moore signed Arsenal midfielder, Mark Randall on loan until January with a view to keeping him until the end of the season.
Chairman, Tony Stewart, said that talks with both Adam Le Fondre and Ryan Taylor were ‘going well.’
The club made an announcement regarding a supporter who ‘ran on the pitch at Accrington’ saying that the Police of South Yorkshire and Lancashire were joining together to find the culprit.
Up next for the Millers was a visit by Wycombe Wanderers and a controversial penalty in the last six minutes gave the visitors a win in a seven goal thriller. Kevin Betsy scored first for Wanderers and Matt Bloomfield made it two-nil. On the twenty-third minute, Adam Le Fondre pulled one back for the Millers and sixteen minutes later Jason Taylor smashed home the equaliser. It was all the Millers after than until a minute into stoppage time when the Millers were down to ten men with Luke Ashworth having a head injury seen to, Ben Strevens curled a superb ball into the top corner to make it three-two to Wanderers at half-time. The Millers pulled level on sixty-nine minutes after Exodus Geohaghon was climbed all over in the penalty area and Referee Quinn pointed to the spot which Alfie made no mistake from sending Bull the wrong way. On eighty-four minutes Johnny Mullins was judged to have upended Betsy in the area and although the referee and linesman had a long discussion a penalty was given and Scott Rendell sent Andy Warrington the wrong way with the spot kick.
After the game Johnny Mullins admitted he had a ‘shocker’ but said that no way was it a penalty.
The Npower League Two Team of the Week included Adam Le Fondre who was also top scorer in ALL the Leagues and he said ‘I love playing for Rotherham.’
The FA Cup draw was made and the Millers face York City at Don Valley next month.
The Reserves were in action at Oakwell and ended up three-two winners. Stephen Brogan (pen), Danny Harrison and Nick Fenton put the Millers three up with Jeronimo Neumann scoring twice for the Tykes, once from the penalty spot. Jamie Annerson saved a second penalty.
Ronnie Moore said he was interested in fetching back Gavin Gunning, who we had on loan the previous season, from Blackburn and that we understood he was keeping an eye on Andy Butler who was without a club since leaving Huddersfield Town.
The last game of the month was at Roots Hall where a goal in the opening five minutes from Blair Sturrock, was enough to give the home side all three points. After the game, Ronnie Moore publically apologised to travelling supporters saying, ‘it wasn’t good enough and I can only apologise to the people who came all the way down here. There’s no excuse today – lacklustre, not enough effort and sometimes if you could stop their wages you’d do it.’
The Millers ended the month in fifth place. Chesterfield were top, followed by Port Vale, Bury and Shrewsbury then Rotherham, six points behind the Spireites.
On Vital we had a poll asking where we would be at the end of the month and thirty-one per cent of voters said in the top three, with twenty-eight saying fourth of fifth.
We also asked would Ronnie Moore be here at the end of the season with eighty-six per cent of voters saying No.
Another poll this month was Of the players we have brought in this season, who has impressed more up to now? and the voters said
One of the loanees 2%
Vital Man of the Month – October
Vital voters voted five different people as Man of the Match throughout the month – with Kevin Ellison and Exodus Geohaghon being voted for twice.
The full list was
Kevin Ellison v Bury
Jamie Annerson v Burton Albion in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy
Andy Warrington v Stevenage
Exodus Geohaghon v Accrington
Exodus Geohaghon and Nicky Law v Wycombe
Nick Fenton and Kevin Ellison v Southend
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