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Posted Sat 09 Oct 10 at 17:01 PM

Rotherham 1 v 1 Stevenage - Report

Rotherham United were held to their third straight league draw after Nicky Law's first half opener was cancelled out by a resolute Stevenage. In the first ever meeting between the two sides the Millers took the lead in first half stoppage time after Law rifled into the top corner, but the visitors levelled through John Mousinho with just eight minutes remaining. Mark Bradley retained his place in midfield after impressing against Burton Albion in midweek, whilst Andy Warrington, Johnny Mullins, Tom Newey and Adam Le Fondre returned after not featuring in the Millers' midweek triumph in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The game started slowly and had to wait until the 14th minute for the first attempt on goal from either side.It came after a long ball forward wasn't dealt with effectively by Stevenage, allowing Kevin Ellison to shoot on the half-volley from 20 yards and force Chris Day into a decent save to his right. The visitors responded well and were only prevented from taking the lead by an excellent save from Warrington on 19 minutes.Chris Holroyd broke into the penalty area and pulled back to an unmarked Stacy Long, whose shot from 12 yards was blocked by Warrington's legs. Warrington was involved again a minute later after being called into action to save a shot from Ronnie Henry from 25 yards.The returning 'keeper went down to his right to parry before smothering the ball at the second attempt. The Millers did improve for the final few minutes of the first half but failed to test Day in the Stevenage goal until the third minute of stoppage time.Skipper Nick Fenton headed clear a Stevenage free kick and set up an opportunity to break.Le Fondre fed Law, who took advantage of a slip in the visitors' defence to smash the ball into the roof of the net to give the Millers the lead against the run of play. Half time Rotherham United 1 v 0 Stevenage FC After a scrappy start to the second half Fenton's name was entered into the referee's notebook after he upended Holroyd on halfway. The first real chance of the half came on the hour mark. Stevenage worked the ball from left to right before it fell to Michael Bostwick who rifled a shot goalwards, but Warrington made a smart stop low to his left. On 67 minutes Borough threatened again when Peter Winn hammered a shot goalwards from the angle which Warrington tipped around the post. On 72 minutes an Ellison corner was converted by the head of Fenton but referee Mr. Scott ruled the goal out with the centre half accused of pushing in the area. After a period of pressure the away side grabbed an equaliser. The Millers failed to clear their lines and after David Bridges cut the ball back into the area John Mousinho ran onto the loose ball to side foot beyond Andy Warrington. The Millers almost had a second goal in bizarre fashion. A free-kick by Tom Newey was launched into the area which should have made for an easy claim by Chris Day, only for the 'keeper to fumble the ball but clutch it again at the second attempt. Full time Rotherham United 1 v 1 Stevenage FC Rotherham United: Warrington; Mullins, Fenton (Holden 74), Geohaghon, Newey, Law, Bradley (Harrison 84), J. Taylor, Ellison, Pope (R.Taylor 84(, Le Fondre. Subs not used: Harrison, Green, Warne, Marshall, Annerson. Stevenage: Day; Wilson (Odubade 62), Laird, Ashton, Long (Bridges 74), Roberts, Holroyd, Winn, Mousinho, Bostwick, Henry. Subs not used: Bayes, Charles, Foster, Griffin, Vincenti.

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