Millers FT: Rotherham United 2, Shrewsbury 2

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Daniel Nardiello went from hero to zero as he netted Rotherham’s equaliser against Shrewsbury Town, before being shown a red card after the final whistle.

They had not won any of the past ten meetings between the clubs and this included a 2-1 defeat at Shrewsbury in April 2012 which was Steve Evans’ first game in charge of the Millers.

Matt Tubbs and Connor Goildson chase the ball down

Matt Tubbs and Connor Goildson chase the ball down

Of the 11 who started in that game for Rotherham, only Alex Revell and Ben Pringle were in today’s starting line-up.

Many in the ground thought Rotherham had scored after only 40 seconds!

A long throw was cleared to just outside the area, Frecklington struck it back and the ball went right along the side netting, ruffling it in such a way that many thought it was inside the post - but the cheers were cut short when the truth dawned!

Rotherham threatened some early momentum with two or three long throws from Arnason, but it proved to be a pretty low-key opening quarter-hour or so.

Craig Morgan challenges in the air

Craig Morgan challenges in the air

Shrewsbury hadn’t threatened, either, but when they did so, they went in front in the 20th minute.

Little Taylor began the move, the ref played a good advantage after a foul, Parry was put into the area and he crossed from near the byline and TAYLOR was on the spot to head home.

Rotherham simply had not got into any sort of tempo and nothing like last week.

A foul on Revell saw Pringle put the free-kick into the area but Arnason’s header dropped onto the roof of the net.

Another Pringle free-kick, this time inswinging, saw Weale punch away and then Arnason’s long throw was easily caught by the ‘keeper.

Rotherham definitely needed a lift in standards, and a cross from Arnason saw Revell put his header well wide.

The ref then had a word with keeper Weale about time wasting, and Rotherham had yet to ruffle the feathers of the visitors.

Finally they did so when Agard and Frecklington linked up, ending with Agard’s low 16 yarder being saved at full stretch by Weale.

Taylor’s nippiness was causing trouble and when he rounded Skarz it ended with an opportunity for Parry, which he dragged wide.

Bradley had a sight of goal 20 yards out but fired over, and Shearer was called into action to tip over Taylor’s 22-yarder to prevent Shrewsbury extending their lead at the end of a fairly anonymous first half for so many in red and white.

No doubt there would have been some harsh words in the dressing room at half-time.

There were no changes, but a change was certainly needed in Rotherham’s performance which had been strangely lethargic.

There were signs of improvement; Pringle’s cross just too far for Revell, who then nodded down a Skarz centre but Agard failed to take control six yards out.

A fine save from Shearer denied Bradshaw’s 16 yarder and in the next minute, the 56th, Rotherham levelled - and a fine one it was too.

Tubbs got possession and slid a pass towards REVELL moving into the area on the right. With no fuss, he struck a superb shot which flew across Weale and into the far corner - a fine effort for the first goal of the season for the hard-working leader of the attack.

However, six minutes later Rotherham found themselves behind again, and once more Taylor was at the heart of it, dribbling into the area.

The ball broke loose, Summerfield shot from 20 yards, Shearer saved at full stretch but BRADSHAW pounced to knock home the rebound.

There was a double substitution from Evans, taking off Tubbs and Agard - both off the pace today - to send on Nardiello and Milsom.

There was an instant pay-off and, inevitably, it had to be Nardiello with what amounted to his second touch on his first appearance of the season.

He won the free-kick on the left, Pringle delivered and NARDIELLO’S close range header slid under Weale’s grasp. Rotherham were now hunting the winner and when Morgan nodded down, Bradley drove his shot inches wide of the far post.

Despite the second half improvement and additional threat, it had been a below-par display all round from the Millers.

Revell went flying in for a Pringle cross but the workmanlike visitors battled their way to a point.

There was controversy after the final whistle when Nardiello, who had been booked for dissent, was shown a red card after receiving a second yellow.

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