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Posted Sat 01 May 10 at 16:53 PM

Rotherham 0 v 0 Crewe - Report

Rotherham United confirmed their place in the League Two play-off places after a goalless draw against Crewe Alexandra at a rain soaked Don Valley Stadium. Results elsewhere in League Two determined that the Millers secured their play-off place, despite not collecting maximum points, with Rotherham coming closest in the first half when Nicky Law hit the crossbar. Josh Walker successfully passed a fitness test in time for Rotherham United's final home league game against Crewe Alexandra. The midfielder started alongside Pablo Mills as manager Ronnie Moore named an unchanged team for the game. The Millers showed no signs of nerves and had the first effort of the game on four minutes.A short corner was played to Kevin Ellison, who carried the ball to the edge of the area and tested Adam Legzdins with a curling shot.The 'keeper was well beaten moments later, however, when Law's header from a Gavin Gunning cross rattled the crossbar. Crewe's first chance of the game came after a mistake from Walker allowed Luke Murphy into the penalty area, but his scuffed shot was diverted just wide by Clayton Donaldson. After a scrappy spell, Donaldson had the next chance of the game for Crewe on the counter attack.He picked up the ball 25 yards from goal, danced around the challenge of Nick Fenton and was unfortunate that Ian Sharps was on hand to make an outstanding last-ditch challenge. On the half hour mark he came even closer to breaking the deadlock when he smashed the crossbar after a hopeful cross from Ashley Westwood wasn't cleared by the Millers. Crewe continued to pick the Millers off on the break and Andy Warrington was forced into a save at full-stretch to keep the scores level.Donaldson's cross was aimed for strike partner Calvin Zola, but Sharps won the header which dropped to Murphy.His header from eight yards lacked power but was heading for the corner until Warrington's outstretched hand pushed it wide. In first half stoppage time a long ball from Mills released Adam Le Fondre, who cut inside and attempted to curl a shot inside the post but Legzdins made a comfortable save. Half time Rotherham United 0 v 0 Crewe Alexandra Just before the hour mark the away side threatened to open the scoring. Donaldson broke down the right before lifting a cross towards Zola who fired over the bar from 12 yards out. The game, now being played in monsoon conditions, ebbed and flowed with Millers sub Abdulai Bell-Baggie looking dangerous down the right. On 63 minutes a long punt forward deceived the Crewe back four with Le Fondre finding room in behind, but from a tight angle he fired over the bar. The Millers missed a glorious opportunity when a loose back pass by Matt Tootle went straight to sub Drewe Broughton, but in the wet conditions he scooped the ball wide of Legzdins' far post. Both sides struggled in the heavy rain with only Westwood for Crewe coming close when his effort from distance in the 88th minute was tipped over by Warrington. Full time Rotherham United 0 v 0 Crewe Alexandra Rotherham United:Warrington; Lynch, Sharps, Fenton, Gunning, Law, Mills, Walker (Bell-Baggie 54), Ellison, Marshall (Broughton 54), Le Fondre. Subs not used: Annerson, Green, Cummins, Warne, McAllister. Crewe Alexandra: Legzdins; Brayford, Ada, Westwood, Tootle, Walton, Bailey (Schumacher 89), Grant (Miller 71), Murphy, Donaldson, Zola. Subs not used: Platt, Mitchel-King, Shelley, Leitch-Smith, Davis. Att: 4142 (276).       The Millers Match report is brought to you in association with The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust  

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