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Posted Sat 16 Oct 10 at 21:06 PM

Accrington 2 v 3 Rotherham - Report

Rotherham United staged a dramatic last gasp comeback to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat after a 3-2 success over Accrington Stanley. The Millers went into the last 10 minutes 2-1 down to 10-man Stanley but an Exodus Geohaghon header, followed by another header by Ryan Cresswell in stoppage time ensured a dramatic but deserved three points for the Millers. Ronnie Moore made one change to the side that drew 1-1 with Stevenage with Cresswell returning to the starting 11 in place of the injured Nick Fenton. The Millers made an imposing start to the game with Geohaghon showing a sign of things to come with a long throw on three minutes. A combination of bodies and the sun seemed to confuse Stanley 'keeper Ian Dunbavin with the throw deceiving the stopper only for the ball to run agonisingly clear of the onrushing Cresswell. Despite the early Millers pressure an error in defence resulted in the first goal of the game for the home side. Andy Warrington came out to meet a through ball but hesitated allowing Andy Parkinson to take the ball around the stranded stopper and gleefully tap into the net. The Millers responded and were back in business on 16 minutes. A booming header forward from his own half by Cresswell was seized upon by Adam Le Fondre who sprinted clear on goal. Kevin Long hauled the Millers striker to the ground resulting in a spot kick and a red card for the Stanley defender. Le Fondre converted the penalty in typical fashion to square the game up at 1-1. With a numerical advantage the Millers took the game by the scruff off the neck and swamped their opponents creating numerous opportunities. On 25 minutes Jason Taylor broke from midfield before playing in Kevin Ellison for a run on goal, but Dunbavin made a smothering save to keep the scores level. On 35 minutes a pinpoint cross by Nicky Law was headed goalwards by Tom Pope but Dunbavin saved again and then blocked the re-bounded effort from Ellison. Two minutes later Le Fondre drove a fierce shot on the angle from just inside the area which Dunbavin palmed away as far as Ellison, who scuffed a shot goalwards from an awkward height which Dunbavin claimed on the line. Just before the break another long throw by Geohaghon wasn't dealt with. Le Fondre pounced on the loose ball in the area but his volley was hooked off the line. Half time
Accrington Stanley 1 v 1 Rotherham United The Millers took their foot off the gas at the start of the second half and paid for it by conceding on 49 minutes. A corner routine between Sean McConville and Jimmy Ryan fooled the Millers defence. McConville passed the ball to Ryan on the edge of the area, via a dummy, and the winger swept the ball home from 20 yards leaving Warrington with no chance. Just before the hour mark the Millers thought they were level. Again Geohaghon caused havoc with a long throw which found its way to the unmarked Le Fondre at the back post, who stooped to head in only to be denied by the offside flag. It didn't look like it was going to be the Millers day with 10-man Stanley holding their own and looking dangerous going forward. On 71 minutes a cross from the right by Law found Pope but his header was high and wide of Dunbavin's goal. After sub Marcus Marshall had a shot saved and Geohaghon had another header clawed away it seemed that Stanley would have enough to hold on. But with 81 minutes on the clock Rotherham finally broke down the home side's resistance with an equalising goal. Another teasing corner by Law caught Stanley flat footed and Geohaghon soared above the bodies to plant his header into the back of Dunbavin's net. On 85 minutes the Millers came close to taking the lead. Sub Ryan Taylor rose to meet a cross from the right but his downward header bounced off the post and into the grateful grasp of Dunbavin. The game looked to peter out into a draw but Cresswell had other ideas two minutes into stoppage time. Yet another huge throw by Geohaghon was met by a bullet header from the Millers' skipper which beat Dunbavin and sparked wild celebrations from the Millers' fans behind the goal. Full time
Accrington Stanley 2 v 3 Rotherham United Accrington: Dunbavin; Edwards, Long, Hessey, Winnard, Parkinson, Ryan, Barnett (Putterill 87), Joyce, McConville (Smyth 64), Boulding (Lindfield 75). Subs not used: Cisak, Richardson, Turner, Murphy. Rotherham United: Warrington; Mullins, Geohaghon, Cresswell, Newey, Law, J.Taylor (Harrison 71), Bradley (R.Taylor 81), Ellison (Marshall 66), Pope, Le Fondre. Subs not used: Annerson, Green, Holden, Warne.

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