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Posted Tue 28 Sep 10 at 21:38 PM

Rotherham 0 v 0 Bradford City - Report

Rotherham United kept up their unbeaten home run after a 0-0 draw with Bradford City at a murky Don Valley Stadium. The Millers had the majority of possession in a game bereft of clear cut chances but could not break down a resoulute Bradford defence. There was a major boost for all Millers' fans late in the game when Ryan Taylor made an unexpected return from injury coming off the bench late in the game. Ronnie Moore kept faith with the same side that beat Chesterfield in Saturday's derby as the Millers went in search of their third win in ten days. The Millers started brightly and worked the first chance of the game inside two minutes.Nicky Law fed Tom Newey on the left flank, but his cross was headed over by Kevin Ellison from near the penalty spot. Ellison had the Millers' next effort after Luke O'Brien conceded a free kick on the left corner of the penalty area.Ellison whipped in a dipping cross that beat everyone and sailed narrowly wide of Jon McLaughlin's far post. The Millers continued to pressurise a nervous-looking Bradford defence, and just past the half hour Jason Taylor burst into space and shot narrowly wide from 20 yards. With half time approaching, Adam Le Fondre sprung to life.He dropped into space 30 yards from goal and pulled the trigger, but his shot took a deflection and went agonisingly wide.The Millers were enjoying their best spell of the game and after a penetrating run from Tom Pope was halted, the ball fell nicely for the lively Law to curl a shot into the arms of McLaughlin. However, in stoppage time the dangerous Omar Daley sailed past Johnny Mullins and hit a powerful left-footed shot at goal, which forced Andy Warrington into his first save of the game. Half time Rotherham United 0 v 0 Bradford City Daley looked a threat again on 56 minutes. He picked up possession around 30 yards from goal and with no options to either side he hammered the ball goalwards, just wide of Warrington's far post. The Millers continued to carry the greater threat without creating any clear cut openings. On the hour mark Pope glided forward down the left but when he cut inside the defender his shot was weak and straight at McLaughlin. Two minutes later Ellison crossed from the right looking for Pope. The ball was cut out with the re-bound falling to Danny Harrison but his drilled shot was blocked by Zesh Rehman. The Millers were then given a warning at the other end. Bradford had been restricted to long range efforts but Tom Adeyemi didn't need a second invitation powering in a shot which was parried wide by Warrington. City then missed the best chance of the game. A corner from Luke O'Brien wasn't dealt with the by the Millers defence, the ball dropped to Gareth Evans who slammed the ball goalwards only for Warrington to make a wonderful save from point blank range. A rejuvenated Bradford then almost scored again from the resulting corner. Again the Millers couldn't fully clear the danger and the loose ball found Daley whose shot deflected just wide of the far post. Ryan Taylor was introduced into the action making his return from a broken metatarsal injury, replacing Tom Pope in attack but had little opportunity to make an impression on the game. Full time Rotherham United 0 v 0 Bradford City Rotherham: Warrington; Mullins, Cresswell, Geohaghon, Newey, Law (Warne 85), Harrison (Bradley 74), J. Taylor, Ellison, Pope (R.Taylor 85), Le Fondre. Subs not used: Fenton, Green, Holden, Annerson. Bradford: McLaughlin; O'Brien, Oliver, Rehman, Doherty (Speight 68), Evans, Williams, Daley (Hendrie 79), Adeyemi, Bullock, Duff. Subs not used: Saxton, Horne, Syers, Chilaka, Moult. Att: 3872 (605).

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