Rotherham United v Middlesbrough: Red card brings Millers closer to relegation Yorkshire News

NEIL WARNOCK admitted to crying a bit when he watched his favorite TV show Call the Midwife on Sunday when a new series started.

Winner: Chuba Akpom of Middlesbrough celebrates with Yannick Bolasie and Marvin Johnson after scoring his team's second goal.  Image: Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images
Winner: Chuba Akpom of Middlesbrough celebrates with Yannick Bolasie and Marvin Johnson after scoring his team’s second goal. Image: Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images

His Rotherham United counterpart, Paul Warne, also likes his television dramas. But the only episode of Victim that is occupying your thinking revolves around avoiding the bitter pill of descent, facing hospital matters.

On the field, there is an urgent emergency after a third straight loss at home left them firmly entrenched in the landing zone and this was made more painful by an early ejection that broke Rotherham’s game plan.

It was one of those tense and controversial nights that this period of the season throws up from time to time and it was Rotherham’s misfortune that the match revolved around the controversial dismissal of Matt Crooks in the 18th minute by referee Darren Bond.

In goal: Chuba Akpom scores Boro’s second goal. Image: Getty Images

Bond, of course, had a history with Rotherham after firing Michael Smith at Hillsborough on March 3 and the decision was subsequently rescinded, as was his decision to oust Barnsley captain Alex Mowatt at Wycombe two weeks later.

His judgment also appeared flawed when he sent Crooks for a perceived elbow while standing up and caught Hall in an aerial duel, and the Boro player was subsequently substituted after treatment.

It seemed accidental, with the puzzled look from Crooks then speaking completely.

After being on the receiving end of some tough decisions, there was a huge win in favor of Warnock here, whose team used their extra man to the max and controlled the remainder of the game to claim a first relief win in six games through. George’s goals. Saville and Chuba Akpom.

Akpom’s winner at 10 minutes into the second half, with his first goal since January 2, was due somewhat to a rare mistake by Viktor Johansson, who had been lucky earlier when Duncan Watmore stepped in to score in the sixth minute. Just for Bond to judge. that the goalkeeper had full control of the ball on the ground. It seemed like a charitable call.

Beforehand, the feeling that Rotherham had to win was inescapable to provide a charge of momentum to his quest for survival.

If the Millers somehow hold their own, they would likely get over their ‘Great Escape’ under Warnock in 2015-16.

Boro’s game-day squad inspection, with 10 first-team players missing for different reasons and five teens with no league appearances for the named club in a bench of six strong, should have given them a boost earlier. of the match and the game started on perfectly.

Angus MacDonald chose an exquisitely timed moment to score his first goal in Millers colors, from a corner kick from the long-remembered Joe Mattock, with the defender also perfectly positioned to clear an Akpom effort off the line as Boro fought back.

But the firing changed the tone of the game. It was “two different games,” as Warne later put it. United was eating leftovers.

The leveler also had an element of controversy when a short corner routine, which began with a moving ball, ended with Kebano finding George Saville, but there was no question about his fabulous upward spike that flew past Johansson.

Boro then hit the bar twice through Jonny Howson’s attack and Bolasie’s follow-up, but the second-half breakthrough was not long in coming.

Psychologically stunned, there was little response from Rotherham. Howson regretted his luck when he hit the crossbar a second time, this time with a header, but the main topic of conversation about fortune favored Boro. For once.

Rotherham United: Johansson, Harding (Giles 75), Ihiekwe, A MacDonald; Sadlier (Ogbene 71), Barlaser (Lindsay 45), Wiles, Crooks, Mattock (Olosunde 45); Smith (Hirst 82), Ladapo. Unused substitutes: Blackman, Wood, Clarke, Jozefzoon.

Middlesbrough: Archer, McNair, Hall (Malley 24), Ball; Kebano, Howson, Saville, Johnson; Watmore, Akpom, Bolasie (Coburn 87). Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Hackney, Kokolo, Robinson.

Referee: D Bond (Lancashire).

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