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Posted Tue 08 Sep 09 at 13:40 PM

Rotherham 3 v 1 Chesterfield - Report

A determined display from Rotherham United saw them overcome a half-time deficit to defeat local rivals Chesterfield, thanks to goals from Danny Harrison, the in-form Adam Le Fondre and Kevin Ellison. Both teams began the game cautiously with Wade Small's shot wide the only chance during the opening exchanges. It wasn't until 16 minutes in that the Millers kicked into life. Following Pablo Mills' blocked shot, Adam Le Fondre reacted first in the box, but his close range shot was blocked by Spireites 'keeper Tommy Lee. Le Fondre's volley was deflected wide shortly after, before controversy ensued. Small found Derek Niven on the right, and his surge was ended when he was brought down on the edge of the area by Jamie Green. The referee blew and belatedly gave the visitors a free-kick. However, after consulting with the linesman, a penalty was awarded. Jamie Lowry stepped up to score his third penalty of the season. The Millers almost hit back, Nicky Law's effort from the angle was saved by Lee. Another break by Chesterfield saw Ian Sharps clear over his own crossbar, and former Miller Ian Breckin rose highest for the corner, but his attempt was wide. Referee Miller again bore the brunt of the home faithful. Le Fondre and Lee scrapped for the ball which broke loose. Phil Picken rolled the ball back to his goalkeeper who picked it up sparking appeals around the stadium. Le Fondre went close again from a Mills cross, but it was Small who spurned the finest chance of the half on 37 minutes. After Lester split the defence open, Small found himself one on one with Warrington, but the Millers 'keeper prevented him from doubling the lead. Half time Rotherham United0 v 1 Chesterfield Ryan Taylor was introduced at half-time as the Millers looked to overturn the deficit, but it was Chesterfield who almost got the second goal of the game. Mark Allott's free-kick was just wide, after Lester had been fouled on the edge of the area. On the hour mark, the Spireites had another chance to double the lead. Small feeding Lester whose side footed shot was tipped wide by the impressive Warrington.The final half hour belonged to the home side however, Lee saved from Ryan Taylor's header on 61 minutes, and the Rotherham fightback began. The equaliser came in the shape of a Rotherham free-kick. Law's low cross was intended for Le Fondre, but his swing and a miss presented Harrison with the opportunity to side foot home at the far post. On 73 minutes, Rotherham took the lead. A hoofed clearance from the Chesterfield area only reached Kevin Ellison on the edge of the box who headed back into the mix and Le Fondre got behind the defence to side foot past Lee. Seven minutes later and the comeback was complete, Ryan Taylor's effort 25 yards out rebounded off the post, and Ellison was on hand to get his first league goal for the Millers. The home side came close to a fourth with two minutes remaining, Law again the provider, but Ellison's shot this time was high and wide. Full time Rotherham United 3 v 1 Chesterfield Rotherham: Warrington; Tonge, Joseph, Sharps, Green, Law, Mills, Harrison, Ellison, Warne (R.Taylor ht), Le Fondre. Subs not used: Annerson, Nicholas, J.Taylor, Fenton, Liddell, Broughton. Chesterfield: Lee; Picken, Page, Breckin, Robertson, Lowry (McDermott 76), Allott, Niven (Harsley 76), Small, Talbot, Lester. Subs not used: Crossley, Gray, Currie, Boden, Bowry.  

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