Date: 23rd April 2016 at 8:33pm
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A goalless draw at Molineux this afternoon was enough to make sure that Rotherham United are playing in the Championship next season.

Being dubbed as ‘the great escape` the Millers fans joined in the celebration after the nil-nil draw against Wolves with the players, management and backroom staff before wending their way back to South Yorkshire all in high spirits.

The Millers started well and when some good work from Lee Frecklington saw him get the ball to Grant Ward the Spurs loanee puts a good cross in that was put behind by Wolves defender Sylvain Deslandes. Joe Mattock hit the ball well to Kirk Broadfoot but the whistle went for a foul. Two minutes later Ward earned another corner which came to nothing except Richard Wood having to leave the field to have his head bandaged after a collision in the box. A long throw from Greg Halford ended with him having to dash back into defence to challenge Deslandes before an effort from George Saville flew narrowly just the wrong side of the upright when it really looked easier to score. A bit of head tennis ensued minutes later after a James Henry free-kick into the box was headed away by Kirk Broadfoot before the now bandaged Wood did the same before it fell to Matt Doherty who fired high over the crossbar. Grant Ward was having a good half and he won the ball from a Wolves player before putting his shot across goal before he sent a superb ball to Leon Best who stabbed the ball just wide. At the other end Mattock did well to block a shot from Bright Enobakhare before a shot from Danny Batth was pushed onto the crossbar by Millers ‘keeper Lee Camp. Joe Mason was perhaps a bit greedy on the half-hour mark when he had players around him but decided to try himself only to see Wood block his shot. A shot from Henry saw Camp get down well to save before Broadfoot did well to get his head to the ball before Saville. A long throw from Halford saw the ball come back to him and as he skipped into the box a Wolves defender won the ball from him.

At the start of the second half only some nice work from Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme saw him get to the ball before the head of Leon Best before the hosts really should have taken the lead when Joe Mason found himself one-on-one with Lee Camp with the Millers ‘keeper coming off best. A headed pass from Mason found Sylvain Deslandes but he failed to get his head to the ball before Ikeme did well to save a hard shot from Matt Derbyshire at the other end. On the hour mark the Millers shot stopped made another fine save which stopped Mason opening the scoring before a good header from Best was cleared. The first sub of the afternoon saw Bright Enobakhare replaced by Jed Wallace for the hosts before a fierce strike from Lee Frecklington was only parried away by Ikeme but ended up at the other end of the pitch with Mattock putting the ball out before Wallace could get to it. On seventy-two minutes Stephen Kelly came to the visitors aid when he got himself back on to the goal line to clear after an initial save from Camp fell to George Saville. The first Millers sub saw Joe Mattock go off and Frazer Richardson come on and a few minutes later the Millers had a good shout for a penalty when a ball from Richie Smallwood found Best who knocked the ball down for skipper Kirk Broadfoot who looked to all and sundry that he`d been pushed over by Danny Batth. But Referee Jeremy Simpson was having none of it and booked Broadfoot for diving. In the final ten minutes of the game a good save from Ikeme stopped Derbyshire in his tracks before Greg Halford got a yellow for pulling over Dave Edwards. A glancing header from Mason saw Camp in fine form again as he tipped the ball over the bar. With two minutes of normal time to go Jonson Clarke-Harris replaced Leon Best for the visitors. In the final seconds of the game the hosts won a corner with Henry finding Deslandes who saw his header go just wide.

The Millers Are Staying UP!

OK it wasn`t the best of games but it didn`t really matter, what the travelling Millers fans wanted was to see their beloved Rotherham get a point to keep them safe.

And they certainly did that.

 
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