Date: 16th April 2016 at 6:17pm
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Rotherham United and Nottingham Forest played out a goalless draw this afternoon at the New York Stadium which means that both sides are still on the same points but Forest move up one on goal difference after Fulham`s thrashing last night.

Before the game the Millers rolled out some of their 1996 Autoglass Windscreen Trophy winners which was followed by a minutes silence for former Miller Ken Waterhouse who passed away this week.

After a tetchy first few minutes a late tackle on Ben Osborn saw Millers skipper Kirk Broadfoot get the first yellow of the game following a Forest corner which Greg Halford easily got away. On ten minutes Grant Ward almost picked out Lee Frecklington but his pass was read by Forest who got the ball away to safety. The lively Ryan Mendes was in the box looking for a cross but Millers shot stopper Lee Camp got to the ball before him with the Millers` ‘keeper being on hand a minute later when he managed to get to a poor back-pass from Joe Mattock with Henri Lansbury ready to pounce. On the quarter of an hour mark Frecklington did well to get the ball to Leon Best who in turn found Grant Ward with the Spurs loanee putting a good ball in for Matt Derbyshire which won the hosts a corner. A poor challenge by Robert Tesche on Grant Ward got Rotherham a free-kick. Halford took the set-piece with the ball falling just right for Richard Wood but he couldn`t keep his header down and it went over the crossbar when it looked easier to score. And three minutes later another super cross from Halford again for Wood saw the visitors manage to get the ball clear. Mattock had a shot from distance which took a deflection and in turn brought a very good save from Dorus de Vries in the Forest goal before a cross from Richie Smallwood found Grant Ward but his cross didn`t quite find Derbyshire in the box. At the other end Mattock did well to get his body behind a shot from Osborn and with Camp easily getting the resulting corner he set Grant Ward off on a run but a Forest defender managed to stop him in his tracks. On the half-hour mark some nice work between Mendes and Dexter Blackstock saw the Cape Verde international put his shot wide .Minutes later more good work from Mendes saw his pass just fail to get to Blackstock before Frecklington raced down the other end and had a shot blocked and with the ball falling to Mattock his cross was well turned away. Tesche had a shot that went just wide before another shot from Mendes went curling past the post. Camp has to be on his toes to pull off a super save from Blackstock before Mattock got in the way of another shot from Mendes just before half-time.

The first action of the second half fell to the visitors when another good save from Lee Camp stopped Ryan Mendes` shot going in before only a trailing Forest defenders leg stopped a lovely ball from Leon Best finding Grant Ward at the other end. Grant Ward and Richie Smallwood found room to have shots before a lovely volley from distance from Matt Derbyshire dipped just over the crossbar. On sixty-four minutes the Millers came close to opening the scoring when a lovely cross from Smallwood found Richard Wood but the defender saw his header rattle the crossbar before falling to Kirk Broadfoot who couldn`t get it over the line. Stephen Kelly did well to head away a dangerous looking cross at the near post which sent the ball down the pitch to Leon Best who in turn got the ball to Frecklington but his effort was blocked. A minute later Wood got his hat-trick of misses when another super ball onto his head saw him hit the ball into the ground and then bounce just over. The Millers made the first substitution of the afternoon on seventy-seven minutes when Danny Ward replaced Matt Derbyshire and he was soon joined by Joe Newell who came on for Lee Frecklington. With five minutes to go Dexter Blackstock found his running boots and it took Greg Halford then Kelly to stop him. Danny Ward then tried an effort for the hosts from distance and saw the ball go just over before a challenge on Halford by Blackstock saw the Forest player receive a yellow card. In time added on former Miller Chris O`Grady came on in place of Blackstock for Forest but it was Mendes who could have won the game in the dying seconds but greeted with a penalty area full of red shirts he sent his short harmlessly wide.

A point gained and another clean sheet saw the Millers, under Neil Warnock, go nine games unbeaten and although it wasn`t the best of games it`s another point closer to safety.

 
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