Alex Revell’s stoppage-time equaliser nicked a point for Rotherham United against MK Dons this afternoon.
To the surprise of many it didn’t win the League One Pitch of the Year - that has gone to Preston - but it was highly commended, in effect, the runner-up. You could play snooker on it!
After their dabble with 3-3-3 when down to ten men on Monday, there was a new look formation from the Millers today. It was 3-4-1-2 with Arnason, Morgan and Skarz at the back; Tavernier and Milsom the wing backs and Pringle was the one in behind Revell and Agard.
Frecklington’s first involvement was almost a goal - he drove a 20 yarder inches wide after receiving from Tavernier. But on nine minutes it was the lively visitors who went in front. Hall made a break down the left and his low ball saw KENNEDY closing in at the far post to finish off.
Then Revell, challenging the keeper for a high ball, took a knee in the back and fell painfully to the ground and needed treatment from popular physio Denis Circuit who retires at the end of the season.
There were words on the touchline between Millers assistant Paul Raynor and Dons boss Karl Robinson (whose assistant was ex-Millers striker Richie Barker recently sacked by Portsmouth). Then it got heated on the field when Gleeson caught Pringle off the ball and the Millers midfielder reacted with a push.
A few players got involved and both Pringle and Gleeson were spoken to. Arnason then whistled a 25 yarder narrowly wide as Rotherham began to take the initiative.
After dabbling with the new look formation, Rotherham changed to 4-4-2 with Pringle playing on the right flank and Milsom on the left.
It was quite feisty and Hall chopped down Tavernier and was spoken to. From the free-kick, the ball was headed out and O’Connor, from nearly 30 yards, struck a volley which flashed just wide with Martin rooted to the spot.
Then Alli was very fortunate indeed to stay on the pitch when he challenged Tavernier. He was relieved it was only yellow and the home crowd certainly didn’t agree.
Then there was a very long stoppage after two Dons players collided. Baldock was down a long time before being eventually stretchered off and replaced by Flanagan.
There was certainly no love lost on the touchline and during the respective managers were exchanging views and little gestures despite being some way apart.
When the stoppage time board went up it was for 11 minutes, and there seemed to be a lot of niggle about proceedings.
The injured Dons player George Baldock had recovered consciousness at half-time but was in a neck brace and was wheeled away to an ambulance just before the teams came out. Inside 15 seconds Rotherham might have scored.
Keeper Martin came outside his area to clear from Revell. The ball came to Agard around 35 yards out who took a touch but then drove his shot wide of the target when he might have gone for a bit more control.
Then MK Dons were reduced to ten men after a second yellow for young left back Galloway.
He initially appeared to tug back Agard before bringing him down just outside the area. It was a clear booking but the ref went to consult his assistant before showing Galloway a yellow then the red card.
The pressure began to mount. Adams fired against the keeper then Frecklington struck a great chance over the bar.
It was now one-way traffic but Rotherham were not convincing in their attacking play and in a rare break, Collin made a flying save from sub Loveridge.
Then Rotherham were punished on the break on 72 minutes. McLEOD was slipped into the area and he calmly clipped his shot past Collin.
Pringle thumped a shot into Martin’s chest and then Tavernier put a volley just over but the Dons ten men defended valiantly.
With 11 minutes left the Millers pulled one back when O’CONNOR slotted home from a Revell knockdown.
A great challenge by Flanagan denied Agard as Rotherham piled men forward.
But. in the fourth minute of stoppage time, REVELL nicked a point with a header from Arnason’s long throw.