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Yet another cold wet & windy Saturday afternoon greeted the two most in form teams in League 1 at NYS this afternoon.
The Millers started the game on the front foot & almost took an early lead when midfielder Will Vaulks hit a 25 yard effort just too high from an Anthony Forde cross. David Ball was the next Rotherham player to threaten when his close range effort was scrambled to safety by Don's George Francomb. The Millers fans amongst the 8,330 crowd sensed a goal was coming when a dangerous Joe Newell cross was expertly volleyed in by new Millers striker Michael Smith. GoalscorerSmith had to return to the dressing room for running repairs after an accidental clash of heads before a marauding run by Dons Liam Trotter saw the midfielder just crowded out by the Millers defence. In first half added time Rotherham's Newell fizzed a long range effort inches over the bar before the whistle blew on a satisfactory 45 minutes from the home side.
HT Millers 1 Dons 0
Wimbledon had to improve in the second half & they tore into the Millers at the start of the second half. An almighty goalmouth scramble saw the Dons almost equalise through firstly Cody McDonald & then Francomb but the ball wouldn't run kindly for either. Back came Rotherham & only an excellent save by Don's keeper George Long from Vaulks kept the score at 1-0. Wimbledon were having much more of the game now & a fantastic goalsaving tackle by Millers loanee defender Josh Emmanuel prevented McDonald levelling for the Dons. With Wimbledon having to push forward they were leaving gaps at the back & from a quick break Newell was denied by Long again. The Millers made the game safe in injury time when a shot from Millers sub Ryan Williams was parried by Long but Ball converted from around a yard out on the rebound.
FT Millers 2 Dons 0
TEN games unbeaten now for Paul Warnes team & 50 points probably means that they won't be relegated. The Millers have now scored in each of their last 23 competitive matches ,their last blank coming at Blackburn on September 26th. This was a deserved victory over a resolute organised Dons side who provided a stern test for the 5th placed Millers side.
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