Bristol Rovers 1-2 Millers
Report of match 19th February 2013
Rotherham climbed back into the top three in League Two after a hard fought win at Bristol Rovers.
Second half goals from substitute Kayode Odejayi and midfielder Lee Frecklington were enough to earn the points for Steve Evans' men, who defeated the form side in the division since John Ward returned to the Memorial Stadium.
In a first half that saw a couple of good openings, it was Frecklington who missed the best chance for either side, lobbing over Steve Mildenhall in the home goal, but also the crossbar, after Alex Revell's knock down.
Revell also went close himself but was just unable to reach Kieran Agard's low cross with the goal gaping.
John-Joe O'Toole had Rovers best effort of the half as he drilled into the side netting from 20 yards.
But the Millers started brighter after the interval and stormed into a two goal lead just after the hour.
Firstly Revell raced clear on the right only to see Mildenhall parry his right foot shot back into the path of Odejayi, who composed himself to take a touch then slot the ball home.
Then two minutes later, half time sub Odejayi turned provider as he laid the ball off following Kari Arnason's long throw for the on rushing Frecklington to smash the ball into the top corner.
Joe Anyinsah netted the goal of the game with ten minutes left as his fierce drive flew past Andy Warrington from the corner of the 18 yard box, but it was in vain as Rotherham made it three wins in a week to continue their good form.
|Competition: npower League Two Kick Off: 19:45 Venue: Memorial Stadium Attendance: 8,646|
|1 - 2||Rotherham U.
|90+0||Unfair challenge on Jordan Slew by Michael Smith results in a free kick. Kari Arnason restarts play with the free kick.|
|90+0||Mark McChrystal fouled by Jordan Slew, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Parkes restarts play with the free kick.|
|90+0||Lee Frecklington concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Parkes. Free kick taken by Tom Parkes.|
|90+0||The official flags Jordan Slew offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.|
|88||Alex Revell leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Slew.|
|87||Eliot Richards fouled by Johnny Mullins, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Brown shoots direct from the free kick.|
|82||Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark McChrystal on Kayode Odejayi. Free kick crossed left-footed by Courtney Cameron, clearance made by John-Joe O'Toole.|
|80||Joe Anyinsah fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 1-2 Rotherham.|
|79||Centre by Michael Smith.|
|77||Kayode Odejayi is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.|
|77||Courtney Cameron is brought on as a substitute for David Noble.|
|75||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kari Arnason by John-Joe O'Toole. Andy Warrington takes the direct free kick.|
|74||David Noble takes the floated corner, clearance made by John-Joe O'Toole.|
|72||Effort on goal by Tom Parkes from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.|
|71||Eliot Richards takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Liam Ridehalgh.|
|70||Kieran Agard concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Smith. Free kick crossed right-footed by Eliot Richards, clearance by Claude Davis. David Clarkson has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Andy Warrington.|
|68||Mark Bradley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eliot Richards. Eliot Richards crosses the ball in from the free kick, Kari Arnason manages to make a clearance.|
|67||Oliver Norburn goes off and Tom Hitchcock comes on.|
|66||The ball is delivered by Michael Smith, save by Andy Warrington.|
|65||Alex Revell takes a shot. Michael Smith gets a block in.|
|61||Lee Frecklington finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 0-2 Rotherham.Assist by Kayode Odejayi.|
|61||Kieran Agard fouled by Lee Brown, the ref awards a free kick. David Noble restarts play with the free kick.|
|59||Alex Revell takes a shot. Save by Steve Mildenhall. Kayode Odejayi finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 0-1 Rotherham.Assist on the goal came from Alex Revell.|
|58||Kari Arnason has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.|
|57||Foul by Claude Davis on John-Joe O'Toole, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Eliot Richards, Claude Davis manages to make a clearance. Seanan Clucas takes a short corner.|
|53||The ball is delivered by John-Joe O'Toole, Johnny Mullins manages to make a clearance.|
|51||Handball by Eliot Richards. Andy Warrington restarts play with the free kick.|
|48||Lee Frecklington crosses the ball, Kayode Odejayi takes a shot. Mark McChrystal gets a block in. Kari Arnason takes a shot. Tom Parkes gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by David Noble to the near post.|
|48||Kayode Odejayi is caught offside. Tom Parkes restarts play with the free kick.|
|47||Kayode Odejayi takes a shot. Save made by Steve Mildenhall.|
|46||David Clarkson takes a shot. Save by Andy Warrington.|
|45||Ryan Brunt goes off and David Clarkson comes on. Kayode Odejayi on for Daniel Kearns.|
|42||Foul by Mark Bradley on John-Joe O'Toole, free kick awarded. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.|
|40||Centre by Lee Brown, clearance made by Johnny Mullins.|
|38||Alex Revell sends in a cross, Michael Smith makes a clearance. Liam Ridehalgh sends in a cross, save made by Steve Mildenhall.|
|38||The ball is delivered by Lee Brown, clearance by Claude Davis.|
|37||The ball is crossed by Michael Smith, Claude Davis makes a clearance.|
|35||Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Eliot Richards, Tom Parkes has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.|
|34||Effort on goal by Lee Frecklington from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|34||A cross is delivered by Michael Smith, Johnny Mullins manages to make a clearance. The ball is crossed by Michael Smith, save by Andy Warrington.|
|33||The ball is crossed by Mark Bradley.|
|32||Unfair challenge on Johnny Mullins by Ryan Brunt results in a free kick. Andy Warrington takes the free kick.|
|31||David Noble delivers the ball, Steve Mildenhall makes a save.|
|29||The ball is delivered by Lee Brown, clearance made by Johnny Mullins. Centre by David Noble, clearance by Tom Parkes.|
|28||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Parkes by Alex Revell. Direct free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.|
|25||Foul by John-Joe O'Toole on Kari Arnason, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andy Warrington.|
|24||John-Joe O'Toole has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.|
|22||Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Noble, save by Steve Mildenhall.|
|21||Foul by Ryan Brunt on Lee Frecklington, free kick awarded. Mark Bradley takes the free kick.|
|20||A cross is delivered by Kieran Agard, Alex Revell takes a shot. Save made by Steve Mildenhall.|
|19||Oliver Norburn fouled by Kieran Agard, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.|
|18||John-Joe O'Toole is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Warrington.|
|17||Long range effort from Oliver Norburn misses to the left of the target.|
|16||Foul by Claude Davis on Ryan Brunt, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Oliver Norburn, Mark McChrystal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Revell. Andy Warrington restarts play with the free kick.|
|15||David Noble sends in a cross.|
|14||Mark McChrystal concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Revell. Eliot Richards replaces Fabian Broghammer. Lee Frecklington restarts play with the free kick.|
|13||The ball is swung over by Ryan Brunt, David Noble makes a clearance.|
|11||Corner taken right-footed by David Noble from the left by-line, Steve Mildenhall makes a save.|
|10||Corner taken right-footed by Alex Revell to the near post, Tom Parkes makes a clearance.|
|9||Michael Smith sends in a cross, Johnny Mullins manages to make a clearance.|
|9||The ball is crossed by Seanan Clucas, clearance by Johnny Mullins.|
|9||Kari Arnason takes a shot. Mark McChrystal gets a block in.|
|8||Unfair challenge on Liam Ridehalgh by Joe Anyinsah results in a free kick. Liam Ridehalgh takes the free kick.|
|-||Handball by Lee Frecklington. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick. Foul by Johnny Mullins on Ryan Brunt, free kick awarded. Fabian Broghammer restarts play with the free kick.|