August 17, 2015 by notjustpumpkinbread
Victory was ours! First home league game of the season and in front of nearly 20,000 committed souls, we showed the fledgling beginnings of what this current squad is made of. Now I’m not getting carried away. The first half wasn’t exactly total football, but I think we were unlucky not to be leading when the lads went in for tea and oranges.
A smart save from Dorus resulted in a corner that Rotherham duly put in the box and none other than Danny Collins rose to head home. I thought Dorus had been impeded by a player in front of him as he was clearly unable to jump and claim the ball. Still, the goal was given and once again we were going to need to come from behind to get anything from the game.
Most of us thought we’d equalised through a Chris Burke effort that appeared to cross the line in slow-motion, only for the Lino (I’m not going to call them Ref’s assistants – I’m too old) to give off-side. That new-fangled clarification of the off-side rule clearly saw Tyler Walker at the far post interfering with play. He was beyond the keeper and didn’t touch the ball, so go-figure. Anyway, at the end of the half Jamie Ward fiddled himself into some space from a throw-in, got the ball into the box and Matt Mills buried it beyond the keeper with aplomb. And his head. It was only what we deserved.
As for the second half, well, better play all round saw us take the lead through Michail Antonio on 61 minutes. It was a strange affair. Eric poked the ball heavily through to Chris Burke and it looked for all the world like it was going out for a goal kick. Burke managed to keep it in and whipped a ball into the box towards goal. The Rotherham keeper palmed it up – it was a good save in fairness – and the ball bounced off the top of the crossbar. It seemed to stay in the air for an eternity before bouncing in front of Antonio. He was calmness personified and waited for just the right moment to lash it into the back of the net. 3 goals in 2 games. Nice!
And that was pretty much it. Michael Mancienne hit a lovely shot late on which was once again well saved by the Rotherham keeper, but they never really troubled us in the second half. Just the sort of match we needed after the travails of Tuesday. 3 points secured and on to our home clash with Charlton. Here’s what I learnt from Saturday’s escapades.
- The quality of the pork and stuffing cobs in Relish are not diminished by the increased patronage for a home league game.
- I think the Bovril has been sitting in the cups for a long time in the City Ground as mine needed stirring. The more I drank the stronger it got.
- Michael Mancienne was man of the match. This was a surprise to me as he started the game looking a bit uncomfortable in his new role, but as the match wore on he got into his stride and looked good.
- Danny Fox’s days may well be numbered after that performance from Mancienne and with Daniel Panillos cleared to play. But his beard is still magnificent.
- David Vaughan stepped up to the plate and had a good game. With Tesche out for a while and signing Gary Gardner a pipe dream, he’s looking like a solid alternative now.
- Jamie Ward was unlucky to be substituted. Again.
- Steve Evans thinks he’s slightly less rotund than his number 2.
- I’m not going to mention Greg Halford’s new hairdo.
- Henri Lansbury was not man of the match. But he did play well.
- From what Mr Dougie said to BBC Radio Nottingham post-match, I doubt Henri will be wearing the Garibaldi in September.
To a man the boys played well, especially in the second half. It was a far cry from “that match” and we’re all the better for it. Onwards and upwards. Glossing over the result on the south coast, we’ll just have to go on a 45 game unbeaten run now.
COME ON YOU REDS!!!