Kieran Agard’s last-gasp equaliser, in the sixth minute of stoppage time, rescued a dramatic point for Rotherham United against Crawley Town this afternoon.
There was bother from the second one. It wasn’t dealt with, and Arnason put his header wide from six yards.
Smallwood set an attack going with a sliderule pass. Then, he misplaced a pass but won applause by instantly winning the ball back.
Rotherham were moving the ball confidently, and when Tavernier went raiding up the right, McFadzean made an important clearance.
Then more problems for Crawley. Agard ran at Sadler and his shot was blocked.
The pressure stayed on and Hitchcock had an opening on the edge of the area. His shot got a deflection and goalkeeper Jones had to move backwards to hold the ball under the bar.
Crawley finally offered a threat and Adams ended a run with a 25-yarder which Collin held.
Then the Millers put together a superb move which ended with a low ball from Agard which was deflected away from Revell and Smallwood closed in, only for Sadler to just nick the ball away on the edge of the six yard box.
It had been all Rotherham, before Crawley broke away to take a 23rd-minute lead - and wouldn’t you just know who the scorer would be?
Yes, it was TUBBS.
Drury was set free up the right. He drilled in a low ball which Addison and Collin should have dealt with, and the ‘keeper got his hand to it low down but only diverted it straight to Tubbs, who knocked it into the empty net.
It equalled his tally for the Millers in almost 20 appearances. The goal briefly knocked the Millers and definitely lifted Crawley, who showed some extra confidence going forward.
Arnason had to make an important clearance six yards out from a centre by Adams.
Then Addison was booked for going in hard on Tubbs from behind, and the striker needed treatment.
From a free-kick, Addison then challenged strongly and when the ball fell loose, Revell shot and Jones turned the ball behind. However, the corner eventually led to Rotherham’s equaliser from the penalty spot after 34 minutes.
Pringle’s corner was half-cleared and Smallwood played the ball back to him. Pringle moved inside the area, and was impeded by Walsh.
With the regular taker, Frecklington, missing, there was a brief discussion between Agard and Tavernier.
Finally, it was AGARD who took the spot kick and, despite missing the last one he took, he dispatched this one confidently to the right of the ‘keeper. There was a near miss for the Millers. Arnason hurled a long throw, Addison got a touch, the ball was cleared to the edge of the area where Smallwood curled an effort narrowly wide.
Then a Pringle free-kick saw Arnason up highest but he glanced his header just wide.
Rotherham had to make a change at half-time. Revell, who had taken a couple of knocks and had been limping after one of them, was replaced by Thomas, who was thus making his home debut.
Thomas produced a good leap to win his first header but Hitchcock had gone the other way. The visitors had been on the front foot this half and when Arnason headed a corner up in the air, Collin didn’t get much distance on his punch but Connolly, on the edge of the area, lifted his effort wide.
From an Arnason throw, Addison glanced on and Agard’s header at the far post was blocked near the line and went out for a corner.
Then Rotherham had a real let-off. Tubbs won a header to send Clarke clear. He should have scored but lifted a tame effort straight into the arms of a grateful Collin.
But on 64 minutes Crawley were back in front with a well worked goal. Clarke cut in and played a low ball into the area to Tubbs who angled a smart first time pass into the path of SIMPSON who finished off easily.
Crawley should have settled when a lovely flick from Simpson put Jones into the area. He choose to shoot from an angle when he perhaps should have centred and it went into the side netting.
Rotherham had won at Crawley in August but the visitors, under John Gregory, had been the better side in the second half.
Rotherham had looked disjointed and a flick from Tubbs found Drury but he fired over from 22 yards.
A last ditch header by McFadzean stopped Agard heading the equaliser from Addison’s flick, but Agard drew the Millers level in the sixth minute of time added on after a Vuckic header had been blocked.
Collin then made three saves in rapid succession at the other end, when Crawley should have scored.