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Posted Mon 22 Feb 10 at 22:43 PM

Rotherham 1 v 1 Shrewsbury - Report

Rotherham United were held to a 1-1 in front of the Sky cameras at Don Valley Stadium, when Steven Leslie's close range effort was enough to cancel out Adam Le Fondre's 11thminute penalty. Ronnie Moore was forced into one change for tonight's game, with Micky Cummins replacing the suspended Gary Roberts. The Millers started the game on top, and looked eager to set the record straight following Friday's draw. Tom Pope headed over from a tight angle following good work by Gavin Gunning on the left. Pope turned provider two minutes later, but Nicky Law's first time effort from the edge of the box was just wide. Chaos ensued in the fifth minute when the Millers laid siege to the Shrews goal. Pope outmuscled Coughlan on the edge of the area but his shot was straight at David Button. Le Fondre pounced on the rebound but saw his first effort blocked by the goalkeeper, and a second one cleared off the line before Danny Harrison's half-volley was deflected for a corner. The opening goal did arrive on 11 minutes, Le Fondre feigned to cross from the left hand side, and as he cut inside, was brought down by Coughlan. He got up to take the penalty himself, and smashed it down the middle to put the Millers 1-0 up. Kevin Ellison and Gunning both tried their luck from distance, but neither proved much of a test for Button in goal. The visitors began to get back into the game soon after, Nick Fenton made a last ditch tackle on Leslie, and Jamie Cureton was just off target from the angle. Andy Warrington was called into action to block from Dave Hibbert, but was eventually beaten just a minute before half-time, saving Paul Murray's initial shot but unable to do anything about Leslie's rebound. Half-time: Millers 1-1 Shrewsbury The second half started quietly, with the visitors looking most likely to get the next goal. Hibbert broke free of the Millers defence on the hour, but captain Ian Sharps was on hand to make a last ditch tackle. He was beaten five minutes later however, as Jake Robinson ran through the entire Millers defence before being pegged back by Fenton. The referee brought the game back for a previous offence, and Robinson's free-kick was just wide of Warrington's left-hand post. Cureton broke free of the Millers backline on 69 minutes, and with Mark Lynch in pursuit burst into the box before seeing his powerful effort well-saved by the impressive Warrington. Hibbert was allowed space to turn in the area, but Warrington was equal to him yet again, and from the resulting corner the ball was eventually cleared off the line. A prolonged break deep into the half was required when substitute Craig Disley required treatment, and was ultimately carried off and this led to six minutes being added on by referee Mr Foster. When the Shrews were awarded a free-kick deep into stoppage time, Cureton lofted it over the crossbar from a good position 20 yards out. A second home draw in four days for the Millers, and they'll be looking to get back on the victory trail at Burton Albion on Saturday. Millers: Warrington, Lynch, Fenton, Sharps, Gunning, Law, Harrison, Cummins (Marshall 75), Ellison, Pope (Taylor 75), Le Fondre. Unused: Annerson, Green, Joseph, Mills, Brogan Shrewsbury: Button, Skarz, Coughlan, Langmead, Hibbert (Bright 75), Cureton, Robinson, Murray (Disley 75 (Dunfield 83)), Leslie, Cansdell-Sherriff, McIntyre Unused: Holden, Van Den Broek, L. Neal, C.Neal   The Millers Match report is brought to you in association with The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

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