Date: 18th February 2019 at 8:58am
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Rotherham United got to just seconds from their first three points since New Years Day on Saturday but came unstuck when they couldn’t clear a corner in time added on.

So, like every other game, so far, in February the Millers ended up with just one point.

There has been a lot of blame on Social Media – but is there anyone actually to blame?

The referee, Darren England, has come in for the majority of the criticism, even Millers Manager Paul Warne wondering where those ‘extra two minutes’ came from. Mr England had indicated that eight minutes were to be added on which was about right after nasty injury to Jordan Thorniley which saw him leave the field groggily around the ninety minutes mark after he’d had treatment on the pitch. Dominic Iorfa came on in his place and scored on the hundred minute mark.

The goal came from a corner which Marek Rodak had conceded pushing the ball behind from a  Fernando Forestieri shot – which came from a free-kick after Joe Newell had fouled Morgan Fox. So, maybe Rodak could have done better with the shot or Newell shouldn’t have given away a free-kick – two more to blame.

Or, of course it could be the misses. Again we had opportunities, again we didn’t take them. There were at least two open goals and one which Michael Smith should have scored when the Millers were already two up. Richie Towell also missed a header which perhaps should have got nearer the goal if not in the net. So perhaps it’s Smith and/or Towell’s fault.

Maybe the defending could have been better for the Owls first goal?  Perhaps the defenders should come in for some flack.

You know, I’m thinking that although we can blame him or him or them it’s probably nobody’s fault. It’s just one of those things. Of course, if you’re a Miller it’s disappointing and you need someone to blame.

But all in all isn’t this just football and isn’t it why we go to watch?

 

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