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Posted Tue 09 Feb 10 at 22:28 PM

Rotherham 2 v 0 Dag & Red - Report

Rotherham United bounced back from two consecutive defeats in style with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge. Two first half goals from Adam Le Fondre sealed victory but in truth the Millers dominated throughout and could have scored more. The Millers started the first half brightly and dominated possession in the opening 10 minutes.It was the Daggers, however, who created the first chances of the game.First Jon Nurse had a left-footed effort from 18 yards watched over the crossbar by Andy Warrington before the prolific Paul Benson missed a great chance to give the visitors the lead on seven minutes.A powerful run and pinpoint cross from Danny Green found Benson, but the striker somehow headed over from eight yards. Rotherham responded well and had their first notable effort of the game two minutes later.The returning Gary Roberts played a neat one-two with the impressive Tom Pope before shooting over from 25 yards. The Millers seized the momentum and settled any nerves on 11 minutes.Nicky Law, who was heavily involved throughout the first half, drifted in from the right flank and played in Kevin Ellison inside the penalty area.Ellison shot first time, but his left-footed effort was heading wide until Le Fondre tapped in at the far post to give the Millers the lead. The home side continued to press and Roberts had another attempt on goal foiled, this time by a good save from Tony Roberts after some outstanding hold-up play from Pope.More half-chances followed as the Millers looked dangerous on the counter attack, and on 18 minutes they twice came close to doubling the lead.First a corner was half-cleared, allowing Roberts to again sting the palms of his namesake before Le Fondre was denied by a goal-line clearance from a number of sprawling Daggers defenders. As conditions worsened chances were rare until Le Fondre broke behind the visitors' defence on 34 minutes.As he was about the pull the trigger he was brought down by Daggers captain Mark Arber.Referee Mr. Evans awarded a penalty without hesitation, but despite Arber being the last man he escaped with just a yellow card.Le Fondre picked himself up and confidently converted the penalty, sending Roberts the wrong way. It was almost 3-0 just before half time, as Ellison's low strike trickled agonisingly wide.The Daggers in turn pressed forward but the Millers successfully negotiated a series of corners to head into half time with a well-earned lead. Half time: Rotherham United 2 v 0 Dagenham & Redbridge The Millers continued pushing forward as the second half began and were again close to adding to their tally.A teasing Gavin Gunning cross was not dealt with but Pope couldn't react quickly enough to convert on the goal-line. The Daggers' first effort of the second half had to wait until the 62nd minute.Green's throw-in found Nurse, who turned well and unleashed a powerful shot which Warrington could only tip over. The Millers continued to look in control and were more than equal to the visitors' attempts to get back into the game.On 74 minutes a defence-splitting pass from Roberts set Le Fondre away on the left flank.The striker only had eyes for goal as he cut inside and curled a shot over the crossbar from the edge of the area.The home side continued to press, and a minute later Pope's flick was plucked out of the air by Roberts at full stretch. Rotherham successfully played out the remainder of the second half without major incident to record a well-deserved victory with a significantly improved performance. Full time: Rotherham United 2 v 0 Dagenham & Redbridge Rotherham United: Warrington; Lynch, Fenton, Sharps c, Gunning, Harrison, Law, Roberts, Ellison (Marshall 87), Pope (Taylor 82), Le Fondre. Subs not used: Lund, Joseph, Broughton, Cummins, Mills. Dagenham & Redbridge: Roberts, McCrory, Doe, Arber c, Green, Nurse (Montgomery 88), Scott (Walsh 67), Benson, Ogogo, Pack, Gain. Subs not used: Lewington, Thomas, Currie, Vincelot, Spiller.   The Millers Match report is brought to you in association with The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

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