FA charge for Millers

ROTHERHAM United were today studying match video from the game at Chesterfield before deciding whether to contest an FA charge of failing to control players.

Both clubs are accused by the FA following a player bust- up during last week's derby match at Saltergate.

The Millers and Chesterfield have to answer to the FA following an incident which occurred midway through the second half of the clash at Saltergate.

Tempers frayed following a couple of midfield challenges. A fracas involving most of the players followed.

The incident ended with referee Mike Russell booking just one player from each side, Chesterfield's Steve Fletcher and Rotherham's Peter Holmes.

Rotherham chief operating officer Paul Douglas confimed that TV footage of the incident was being viewed and the club was expected to decide today whether the charge will be contested.

"We're currently examining the video. It's never nice when these things occur but a key element could be how the referee controlled the incident," he said.

"There's no question it was an unsavoury incident."

Meanwhile Kyle Nix will continue trying to push his case to forge a league career when he faces home town club Rotherham United this weekend.

The 21-year-old is from a Rotherham family and his father Peter made 22 appearances as a left winger for the Millers at the end of the 1970s.

Nix, who went into non-league football last season after suffering an injury, has been given a fresh opportunity by Bradford City whose manager Stuart McCall, knows him from time at Sheffield United.

He is now coming towards the end of a short-term contract which runs out in January and he is striving to earn another one.

"You have to do everything you can to succeed in the game with the club you are at and that's what I've been trying to do," he said.

"It's not a case of aiming to impress because a contract is nearly up - I've tried to do that from day one."

Last Saturday, the slim, skilful left-side midfielder scored his first league goal for Bradford to earn a draw at Chesterfield. He also has two goals in cup competitions.

Born in Sydney when his father was playing in Australia, Nix returned to this country and was signed by Manchester United, joining their Academy and was tipped to have a big future in the game.

He later moved to join the youth set-up at Aston Villa for whom he played at Millmoor in a FA Youth Cup tie.

However, he never got a first team chance and moved to Sheffield United but never featured there nor at Barnsley where he had a spell.

He even had a reserve outing with Rotherham as he sought to find a league club but last season, after injury, went into non-league football with Buxton and then joined Northern Counties East League club Parkgate as they strove for promotion from the First Division.

Then, in the summer, came the call from Stuart McCall after he was appointed Bradford City manager - which meant he was moving six steps up the playing pyramid.


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