Ten man Rotherham United claimed a second successive home draw against Notts County today, thanks to some tremendous goalkeeping by Andy Warrington. The Millers stopper was called into action on numerous occasions but kept out the League's money men, with a string of saves right from the top drawer.
Ronnie Moore made two changes to the side that drew with Hereford last week, with Tom Pope and Jamie Green being replaced by Drewe Broughton and Andy Nicholas, both making their first starts of the season.
Broughton almost had an immediate impact, heading wide a Dale Tonge cross at the far post in the first minute. Johnnie Jackson fired over for the visitors and Nick Fenton also saw a header wide in the opening exchanges, but the first real chance fell to Notts County.
Tonge was caught in possession by Lee Hughes, and despite winning the ball back, gave it away to Matt Ritchie, who broke into the box, but his shot from the left was saved by Warrington.
Ritchie turned provider for County's next chance, crossing from the left to Neal Bishop, but his shot was wide of Warrington's left hand post. The Millers were temporarily down to ten men for a spell in the first half when Nicholas had to receive treatment for a blow to the head. He returned to the action, but was eventually withdrawn with Green taking his place.
TheMillers fanswere soon whipped up into a frenzy when Hughes went down under Fenton's challenge. The former West Bromwich Albion man appeared to raise a smile to the home supporters who clearly felt his theatrics were uncalled for.
The visitors came closest to opening the scoring just after the half hour mark, Ben Davies' cross was met by Mike Edwards who headed against the crossbar, before Ian Sharps cleared the danger. Two minutes later, and the Millers had their best chance of the game, another header, Adam Le Fondre this time, with a looping effort that was tipped over by Kasper Schmeichel.
Rotherham United 0 v 0 Notts County
Ronnie Moore's half-time team talk appeared to spark a reaction from the Millers and Kevin Ellison was unlucky to see his shot tipped wide by the scrambling Schmeichel.
The Millers were soon dealt a blow when Fenton brought down Davies on the edge of the box, the referee deeming it worthy of a second booking, and the defender received his marching orders against his former club.
Pablo Mills moved into the centre back position to cover Fenton, and the Millers went on the attack. Nicky Law crossing from the left twice, but on both occasions Broughton was unable to benefit, being denied first by Graeme Lee, and then Schmeichel smothering on the second occasion.
Rotherham's one man deficit soon became apparent as Notts County looked to make the extra man count. Luke Rodgers had an effort from the right saved by Warrington after Le Fondre had been caught in possession and the Millers 'keeper was called on again soon after, saving from a Davies free-kick this time.
On 81 minutes the visitors should have been in front but for some excellent defending by Mills. Rodgers again on the right saw his effort saved by the legs of Warrington, and his rebound was deflected wide by Mills' last gasp lunge.
The visitors continued to come forward, with Rodgers at the centre of it all, debutant Ade Akinbiyi put him through on goal and after beating Warrington, Green cleared over his own crossbar. Rodgers did eventually find the back of the net in stoppage time, but the referee's assistant had his flag raised for offside.
The referee drew the game to a close and the Millers will be looking to build on their three game unbeaten run as they travel across the Pennines to Bury next Saturday.
Rotherham United 0 v 0 Notts County
Rotherham United: Warrington, Tonge, Fenton, Sharps, Nicholas (Green 36), Law, Mills, Harrison, Ellison, Broughton (Pope 72), Le Fondre (Warne 72).
Subs not used: Annerson, Cummins, Liddell, Lynch.
Notts County: Schmeichel, Ritchie, Edwards, Lee, Thompson, Ravenhill (Rodgers 63), Bishop, Jones (Clapham 68), Jackson, Davies, Hughes (Akinbiyi 82).
Subs not used: Pilkington, Hamshaw, Hawley, Westcarr.