Match report : Rotherham United 1, York City 1

York City’s Matty  Blair rounds Rotherham United  goalkeeper Andy Warrington to put  his side in front at the New York Stadium. Picture: Gordon Clayton

York City’s Matty Blair rounds Rotherham United goalkeeper Andy Warrington to put his side in front at the New York Stadium. Picture: Gordon Clayton

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YORK City were cruelly denied their first win in ten games when promotion contenders Rotherham United grabbed a 94th-minute equaliser.

The Minstermen had been comfortably the better side at the New York Stadium and deserved the lead that Matty Blair gave them on 64 minutes.

But Daniel Nardiello pounced right at the death to deny Gary Mills’ men a first victory since New Year’s Day.

City fielded the same starting line-up that faced Oxford during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at the Kassam Stadium.

The hosts, meanwhile, included former Minsterman Andy Warrington in goal on his 200th League appearance for the Millers.

But midfielder Danny Kearns, who spent seven weeks on loan with City earlier in the season, was ruled out for Steve Evans’ men due to a hamstring injury.

The Minstermen, buoyed by great support from the away end, started the game brightest with Ashley Chambers volleying at Warrington on five minutes after Lanre Oyebanjo’s long throw had only been half-cleared.

John McGrath also saw a 25-yard effort deflected wide as City dominated possession.

Rotherham largely resorted to route-one rubbish in response, aiming for 6ft 3in tall striker Alex Revell’s head at every available opportunity.

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On 15 minutes, Revell headed over from a Nardiello right-wing cross and Lee Frecklington also shot wide from 25 yards, following a free-kick that saw Oyebanjo cautioned for a trip on Kieran Agard.

But it was the visitors who continued to carry the greater attacking threat with Jason Walker rattling the crossbar from 15 yards after McGrath released him through the right channel.

Blair also tied Millers’ centre-back Claude Davis in knots with a direct run into the home penalty box before firing across the face of goal.

At the other end, Michael Ingham kept out a curling David Noble free-kick before Nardiello missed a great opportunity in first-half stoppage time.

The former Manchester United reserve broke clear on City’s goal but, with Ingham advancing, lifted the ball over from ten yards. Revell headed wide from a Kari Arnason long throw with the first opportunity of the second period and Johnny Mullins also missed the target after rising highest to meet Noble’s corner.

But, within seconds, City had broken upfield and Blair exchanged passes with Walker before charging clear on goal. His sidefooted finish was brilliantly kept out low to his left by Warrington, however.

Blair was in no mood to pass up a second chance, though, when given another one-on-one run at Warrington.

This time, after glancing to his left to check he was onside, Blair went round Warrington and rolled the ball into an unguarded net.

Arnason then saw a deflected 25-yard drive narrowly clear Ingham’s crossbar and the Icelandic international also headed the consequent corner into the City ’keeper’s hands.

On 74 minutes, Ingham needed to react smartly at his near post following Jack O’Connell’s sliding interception from a Ben Pringle cross.

Nardiello then sent a 15-yard opportunity out for a throw-in and Mills’ team looked to be safeguarding maximum points with few problems.

But, in the fourth of five added-on minutes, substitute Michael Rankine failed to cut out a left-wing Pringle cross and Nardiello beat Ingham from six yards.

 

Match facts

Rotherham United 1 (Nardiello 90+4), York City 1 (Blair 64)

York City: Michael Ingham 8, Lanre Oyebanjo 8, Chris Smith 8, Jack O’Connell 8, Dan Parslow 8, Scott Kerr 8, John McGrath 8, Matty Blair 9, Alex Rodman 7, Jason Walker 8, Ashley Chambers 7.

Substitutes: Lee Bullock (for Rodman, 81), Paddy McLaughlin (for Chambers, 87), Michael Rankine (for Walker, 90). Not used: Paul Musselwhite, David McDaid, Michael Potts, Tom Allan.

Star man: Matty Blair – showed great nerve to take his second chance of the night.

Rotherham United: Andy Warrington, Mark Bradley, Johnny Mullins, Claude Davis, Liam Ridehalgh, Lee Frecklington, Kari Arnason, David Noble (Ben Pringle, 73), Kieran Agard (Kayode Odejayi, 66), Daniel Nardiello, Alex Revell (Jordan Slew, 73).

Subs not used: Tony Thompson, Michael O’Connor, Craig Morgan, Courtney Cameron.

Referee: Robert Madley (Wakefield).

Referee rating: 5/10.

Booked: Oyebanjo 25, Blair 32, Ingham 42, O’Connell 64.

Sent off: None.

Attendance: 7,666 (679 City fans).

Shots on target: United 4, City 4.

Shots off target: United 8, City 2.

Corners: United 5, City 3.

Fouls conceded: United 17, City 10.

Offsides: United 3, City 6.

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10:54am Wed 27 Feb 13

rogue84 says...

the ref deserved a 1/10 and that was for turning up, dreadful!
the ref deserved a 1/10 and that was for turning up, dreadful! rogue84
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11:15am Wed 27 Feb 13

YorkCityLuke says...

For me, Kerr and Chambers scored a 6. Neither made much impact, and both lost possession too often. Would have given Rodman an 8 though, and O'Connell a 9 for his efforts. Walker, who I think has been a passenger in a few recent games, played very well and was only denied a great goal by a good save and a couple of inches of crossbar.

If we can play a few more games to that standard, and keep getting in shots on target, we'll be ok.
For me, Kerr and Chambers scored a 6. Neither made much impact, and both lost possession too often. Would have given Rodman an 8 though, and O'Connell a 9 for his efforts. Walker, who I think has been a passenger in a few recent games, played very well and was only denied a great goal by a good save and a couple of inches of crossbar. If we can play a few more games to that standard, and keep getting in shots on target, we'll be ok. YorkCityLuke
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1:09pm Wed 27 Feb 13

van the man says...

YorkCityLuke wrote:
For me, Kerr and Chambers scored a 6. Neither made much impact, and both lost possession too often. Would have given Rodman an 8 though, and O'Connell a 9 for his efforts. Walker, who I think has been a passenger in a few recent games, played very well and was only denied a great goal by a good save and a couple of inches of crossbar.

If we can play a few more games to that standard, and keep getting in shots on target, we'll be ok.
Deserved more from the game, only because the team is always set up not to get beaten, which ok, is right when you play away from home, but our away form has never been an issue, it,s our dreadfull home form, and a manager who has"nt got a clue how to change it, that will send us down. Lets face it, Mills has been very lucky boy, right back to Blairs offside goal in the play off final,that got us promoted through the back door. Our away draws have saved us up to now, but to compete in this league you need to win a good percentage of your home games, so if he employs his stuborn tactics at home on Saturday,and we dont get the result, being four points off the drop and the teams around us getting results, enough should be enough, it will prove he will never change his beliefs, and board the should replace him on Monday, before it,s too late.
[quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: For me, Kerr and Chambers scored a 6. Neither made much impact, and both lost possession too often. Would have given Rodman an 8 though, and O'Connell a 9 for his efforts. Walker, who I think has been a passenger in a few recent games, played very well and was only denied a great goal by a good save and a couple of inches of crossbar. If we can play a few more games to that standard, and keep getting in shots on target, we'll be ok.[/p][/quote]Deserved more from the game, only because the team is always set up not to get beaten, which ok, is right when you play away from home, but our away form has never been an issue, it,s our dreadfull home form, and a manager who has"nt got a clue how to change it, that will send us down. Lets face it, Mills has been very lucky boy, right back to Blairs offside goal in the play off final,that got us promoted through the back door. Our away draws have saved us up to now, but to compete in this league you need to win a good percentage of your home games, so if he employs his stuborn tactics at home on Saturday,and we dont get the result, being four points off the drop and the teams around us getting results, enough should be enough, it will prove he will never change his beliefs, and board the should replace him on Monday, before it,s too late. van the man
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3:11pm Wed 27 Feb 13

redbluelion says...

I was shouting for mills to be sacked but i have now changed my mind..it would be pointless this late in season to get rid of him,and find someone to takeover. a couple of wins and a couple of draws will see us safe.but we should think again at the end of season about the type of manager we want here,because we won't get away with it next season.we need someone who know when the formations not working and one who has a plan b..we were very lucky last season and thats it..
I was shouting for mills to be sacked but i have now changed my mind..it would be pointless this late in season to get rid of him,and find someone to takeover. a couple of wins and a couple of draws will see us safe.but we should think again at the end of season about the type of manager we want here,because we won't get away with it next season.we need someone who know when the formations not working and one who has a plan b..we were very lucky last season and thats it.. redbluelion
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3:14pm Wed 27 Feb 13

SamYCFC says...

if your centre back allows their top scorer to take a touch and pick his spot in your 6 yard box in the last minute you cannot give them 8. cmon flett stop being biased towards useless chris smith
if your centre back allows their top scorer to take a touch and pick his spot in your 6 yard box in the last minute you cannot give them 8. cmon flett stop being biased towards useless chris smith SamYCFC
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3:45pm Wed 27 Feb 13

YorkCityLuke says...

SamYCFC wrote:
if your centre back allows their top scorer to take a touch and pick his spot in your 6 yard box in the last minute you cannot give them 8. cmon flett stop being biased towards useless chris smith
True. Both centre backs were hung out to dry a bit by Rank's losing his man though - I like him, but he has a turning circle like a battleship.
[quote][p][bold]SamYCFC[/bold] wrote: if your centre back allows their top scorer to take a touch and pick his spot in your 6 yard box in the last minute you cannot give them 8. cmon flett stop being biased towards useless chris smith[/p][/quote]True. Both centre backs were hung out to dry a bit by Rank's losing his man though - I like him, but he has a turning circle like a battleship. YorkCityLuke
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4:15pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Southern Exile says...

We certainly need a solution to score more goals, 2 up front (in whatever formation...) would seem an obvious suggestion, not enough goals / wins could cost us, the trap door is getting closer but hopefully Plymouth, Torquay and Wimbledon will conspire to drop points, we can't rely on that though...
We certainly need a solution to score more goals, 2 up front (in whatever formation...) would seem an obvious suggestion, not enough goals / wins could cost us, the trap door is getting closer but hopefully Plymouth, Torquay and Wimbledon will conspire to drop points, we can't rely on that though... Southern Exile
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4:28pm Wed 27 Feb 13

joejamestom says...

YorkCityLuke wrote:
SamYCFC wrote:
if your centre back allows their top scorer to take a touch and pick his spot in your 6 yard box in the last minute you cannot give them 8. cmon flett stop being biased towards useless chris smith
True. Both centre backs were hung out to dry a bit by Rank's losing his man though - I like him, but he has a turning circle like a battleship.
Did not see that level of detail from the away end, always nervous about conceding with Mr Smith in squad.
Thought ref was an inconsistent biased fool 3/10 max & thought Jason was ripe for subbing off early. At least Matty Blair looked a bit more like his self from last season. Rotherham were generally pretty ordinary but always prepared to shove a player before the ball arrived. Def not a massive point two points lost due to a lack of threat from our forward players & loss of concentration defending still go again on Sat for the league draw champions.
Cmon City lets sort this home form out.
[quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SamYCFC[/bold] wrote: if your centre back allows their top scorer to take a touch and pick his spot in your 6 yard box in the last minute you cannot give them 8. cmon flett stop being biased towards useless chris smith[/p][/quote]True. Both centre backs were hung out to dry a bit by Rank's losing his man though - I like him, but he has a turning circle like a battleship.[/p][/quote]Did not see that level of detail from the away end, always nervous about conceding with Mr Smith in squad. Thought ref was an inconsistent biased fool 3/10 max & thought Jason was ripe for subbing off early. At least Matty Blair looked a bit more like his self from last season. Rotherham were generally pretty ordinary but always prepared to shove a player before the ball arrived. Def not a massive point two points lost due to a lack of threat from our forward players & loss of concentration defending still go again on Sat for the league draw champions. Cmon City lets sort this home form out. joejamestom
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6:20pm Wed 27 Feb 13

YO1 says...

redbluelion wrote:
I was shouting for mills to be sacked but i have now changed my mind..it would be pointless this late in season to get rid of him,and find someone to takeover. a couple of wins and a couple of draws will see us safe.but we should think again at the end of season about the type of manager we want here,because we won't get away with it next season.we need someone who know when the formations not working and one who has a plan b..we were very lucky last season and thats it..
That's good, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Despite calling for Mills to be sacked after every game for the past month, you've now had a change of heart and decided his job is safe for the time being. I'm sure Mr and Mrs Mills will sleep easier tonight... until we lose and you call for him to be sacked again.

All we need now is Openallhours to give the board his vote of confidence and we can safely press ahead with building the new stadium.
[quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: I was shouting for mills to be sacked but i have now changed my mind..it would be pointless this late in season to get rid of him,and find someone to takeover. a couple of wins and a couple of draws will see us safe.but we should think again at the end of season about the type of manager we want here,because we won't get away with it next season.we need someone who know when the formations not working and one who has a plan b..we were very lucky last season and thats it..[/p][/quote]That's good, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Despite calling for Mills to be sacked after every game for the past month, you've now had a change of heart and decided his job is safe for the time being. I'm sure Mr and Mrs Mills will sleep easier tonight... until we lose and you call for him to be sacked again. All we need now is Openallhours to give the board his vote of confidence and we can safely press ahead with building the new stadium. YO1
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7:28pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Colin Allcars says...

Seems like the report left out Blair's booking for diving and Ingham's for time wating....in the first half!
Seems like the report left out Blair's booking for diving and Ingham's for time wating....in the first half! Colin Allcars
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9:45pm Wed 27 Feb 13

skilly says...

11 games left, 11 points whats the worry. 11 draws will be enough!!
11 games left, 11 points whats the worry. 11 draws will be enough!! skilly
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12:00am Thu 28 Feb 13

redbluelion says...

york to beat bradford coming up.2-0
york to beat bradford coming up.2-0 redbluelion
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8:55am Thu 28 Feb 13

brahma says...

Southern Exile wrote:
We certainly need a solution to score more goals, 2 up front (in whatever formation...) would seem an obvious suggestion, not enough goals / wins could cost us, the trap door is getting closer but hopefully Plymouth, Torquay and Wimbledon will conspire to drop points, we can't rely on that though...
Actually, we can rely on that to a large extent. There are at least 21 games left between teams on 42 points or fewer. They can't all win them all.
[quote][p][bold]Southern Exile[/bold] wrote: We certainly need a solution to score more goals, 2 up front (in whatever formation...) would seem an obvious suggestion, not enough goals / wins could cost us, the trap door is getting closer but hopefully Plymouth, Torquay and Wimbledon will conspire to drop points, we can't rely on that though...[/p][/quote]Actually, we can rely on that to a large extent. There are at least 21 games left between teams on 42 points or fewer. They can't all win them all. brahma
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7:58pm Thu 28 Feb 13

York Pom says...

As long as York do, then the Board will have to decide if they are going to spend some serious money on quality players or it will be the same struggle next year.

I would hate Mr and Mrs Mills to miss out on their Moet to help them sleep.
As long as York do, then the Board will have to decide if they are going to spend some serious money on quality players or it will be the same struggle next year. I would hate Mr and Mrs Mills to miss out on their Moet to help them sleep. York Pom
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9:45pm Thu 28 Feb 13

cambersdad says...

YorkCityLuke wrote:
SamYCFC wrote: if your centre back allows their top scorer to take a touch and pick his spot in your 6 yard box in the last minute you cannot give them 8. cmon flett stop being biased towards useless chris smith
True. Both centre backs were hung out to dry a bit by Rank's losing his man though - I like him, but he has a turning circle like a battleship.
can't really blame ranks for their goal he's not a defender, only just came on,where was the right back ?
[quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SamYCFC[/bold] wrote: if your centre back allows their top scorer to take a touch and pick his spot in your 6 yard box in the last minute you cannot give them 8. cmon flett stop being biased towards useless chris smith[/p][/quote]True. Both centre backs were hung out to dry a bit by Rank's losing his man though - I like him, but he has a turning circle like a battleship.[/p][/quote]can't really blame ranks for their goal he's not a defender, only just came on,where was the right back ? cambersdad
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