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Posted Sat 12 Dec 09 at 17:49 PM

Bradford 2 v 4 Rotherham - Report

Rotherham United produced a stunning away display to sink Bradford City 4-2 after a sensational game at Valley Parade, which included a goal from fully 50 yards from Gary Roberts. With the game delicately poised at 2-2 Roberts planted ball down for a free-kick before taking aim from 50 yards and catching out 'keeper Simon Eastwood, with the ball coming in off the underside of the bar. The match was a typical Yorkshire derby full of passion from the players on the pitch and the supporters in the stand. The Millers took the game by the scruff of the neck and launched themselves on City from the first whistle. Nicky Law was found by Adam Le Fondre inside five minutes and the defence opened up in front of him but his shot by 18 yards was brilliantly tipped over by Eastwood. On eight minutes a Law corner found Ian Sharps in a great position but he headed over from 10 yards out with Eastwood scrambling. Despite the Millers good start it was the Bantams who took the lead against the run of play. With 18 minutes on the watch a free-kick by Simon Whaley hit the top of the Millers wall, re-bounding kindly for Lee Bullock who prodded the ball beyond Andy Warrington. Bradford the started to look more clinical in attack and had an opportunity to double their lead just before the half hour mark. Full-back Jonathan Bateson crossed deep to the far post to find James Hanson but the big striker headed wide. City were made to pay for the miss just a minute later. A Le Fondre cross was headed on target by Drewe Broughton and after Eastwood had palmed the ball out Kevin Ellison was on hand to finish for his eighth goal of the campaign. The Millers then turned the game around completely by taking the lead in the 37th minute. A long ball forward was flicked on by Broughton into the path of Le Fondre, he played in Ellison who slid the ball through the legs of Eastwood for his second of the afternoon. Rotherham were denied a third just before the break when Broughton headed in Law's free-kick but the linesman flagged for offside. Half time Bradford City 1 v 2 Rotherham United Bradford started the second half with renewed vigour and equalised just 20 seconds into the half. The Millers defence didn't deal with a ball into the area with Michael Flynn showing good alertness to stab the ball past Warrington from 16 yards out. Rotherham should have been back in front on 55 minutes. The home side all bar one defender pushed out from a Law free-kick playing Sharps onside, but the skipper headed against the post unmarked from six yards. On 63 minutes the Millers came close again when the all-action Flynn hooked the ball off the line after an Ellison header. Warrington was then called into action at the other end when he stretched to tip Bullock's half volley over the bar. A minute later and it was the Millers turn to clear off their own goal-line when Hanson's effort was turned behind by Sharps. Rotherham took the lead in stunning fashion in the 78th minute when Roberts scored with a goal akin to David Beckham. The midfield schemer put the ball down for free-kick before launching it 50 yards beyond Eastwood for what has to be the goal of the season. The home side then flooded forward with sub Chris Brandon forcing Warrington into action with a low save with five minutes remaining. Warrington again saved the Millers on 86 minutes when James O'Brien unleashed a ferocious drive from 25 yards which Warrington tipped over the bar in breathtaking style. With two minutes remaining the Millers sealed the points. Le Fondre once again provided the assist, and despite appeals for offside, laid the ball to Broughton who tapped in for a deserved goal. Full time Bradford City 2 v 4 Rotherham United Bradford: Eastwood; Bateson, Clarke, Ramsden, L.O'Brien, Neilson (J.O'Brien), Flynn, Bullock, Whaley (Brandon 71), Boulding (Evans 20), Hanson. Subs not used: McLaughlin, Horne. Rotherham: Warrington; Joseph, Mills, Sharps, Green, Ellison, Roberts, Law, Rundle (Harrison 60), Broughton, Le Fondre. Subs not used: Annerson, Lynch, Nicholas, Taylor, Brogan, Pope. Attendance: 11,578 (528).   The Millers Match report is brought to you in association with The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust  

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