January 26, 2013
Pirates win to climb off the bottom
Bristol Rovers recorded an emphatic 3-1 victory over 10-man Rotherham to move off the foot of npower League Two.
The hundreds of Millers fans who helped clear the snow off the pitch spent the final minutes of the first half with their head in their hands as new signing Claude Davis endured a nightmare debut.
The central defender was sent off for two yellow cards in first-half added time having given away the penalty that handed Rovers the lead.
Neither side had managed a shot on target until Davis bundled over Rovers debutant Ryan Brunt and Lee Brown easily beat Andy Warrington from the spot.
Davis, already booked in the 9th minute, then brought Brunt down on the edge of the area and received his marching orders.
Worse was to follow for the home side. 18-year-old substitute Ellis Harrison doubled Rovers' advantage three minutes after his introduction with a solo run down the left which saw him beat off two defenders before sliding the ball home.
And then in the 61st minute Joe Anyinsah repeated the process down the right before beating Warrington with a powerful drive.
It was left to substitute David Noble, a former Bristol City player, to restore a little Rotherham pride in the 73rd minute with his first touch of the ball - a 25-yard power drive - but many of the home fans had already gone.
|Rotherham United||Bristol Rovers|
|21 Andy Warrington||13 Steve Mildenhall|
|3 Claude Davis||14 Lee Brown|
|2 Dale Tonge||29 Mark McChrystal|
|6 Johnny Mullins||2 Michael Smith|
|33 Liam Ridehalgh||6 Tom Parkes|
|27 Lee Frecklington||32 John-Joe O'Toole|
|4 Kari Arnason||25 Seanan Clucas|
|10 Michael O'Connor||15 Oliver Norburn|
|15 Ben Pringle||26 Ryan Brunt|
|9 Alex Revell||10 Elliot Richards|
|17 Daniel Nardiello||16 Joe Anyinsah|
|30 Tony Thompson||Connor Gough 20|
|19 David Noble||Dan Woodards 4|
|35 Daniel Kearns||Fabian Broghammer 11|
|31 Courtney Cameron||Clayton McDonald 21|
|16 Kayode Odejayi||David Clarkson 7|
|22 Keiran Agard||Ellis Harrison 17|
|11 Adam Morgan||Tom Hitchcock 27|
|Courtney Cameron for Daniel Nardiello (46)||Ellis Harrison for Elliot Richards (50)|
|Kayode Odejayi for Alex Revell (59)||David Clarkson for Joe Anyinsah (72)|
|David Noble for Lee Frecklington (72)||Dan Woodards for Ryan Brunt (81)|
|Claude Davis (9)||Elliot Richards (11)|
|John-Joe O'Toole (30)|
|Claude Davis (45)|
|· Squads: Rotherham United | Bristol Rovers|