Millers FT: Walsall 1, Rotherham United 1

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Rotherham United extended their unbeaten start in League One to eight games, after a 1-1 draw against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium.

Perhaps you could say the same about the feelings of the Millers fans, considering the way their side has opened their League One campaign.

Alex Revell wins the ball in the air to get in a header on goal

Alex Revell wins the ball in the air to get in a header on goal

Brindley, bravely heading away, took a fearful clattering from Sawyers and the right back was laid out. The Walsall attacker was booked and Brindley needed prolonged attention from Denis Circuit before recovering and continuing.

Good work from Nardiello provided Agard with posession in a central position.

There was danger as he twisted and turned, but Butler was solid and blocked the shot.

A Pringle corner saw Revell’s header spiral up in the air and it was taken by O’Donnell, the former Owls keeper.

Daniel Nardiello celebrates after putting the Millers in front

Daniel Nardiello celebrates after putting the Millers in front

It had been probing stuff so far, testing each other out. The home side were neat and tidy but there was no real no penetration from either side as defenders held the upper hand.

However, on 20 minutes Rotherham - who had looked the more threatening - went in front.

Agard did the initial damage. Frecklington hoisted his centre towards the far post, Revell got above his man to head down and NARDIELLO just got in front of his marker to send a sharp header back across O’Donnell.

Walsall should have had an instant equaliser.

Butler nodded down from a corner but Baxendale hooked a good chance over the bar from eight yards.

Brindley, obviously feeling the effects of the early knock, was replaced by Bradley.

The Millers goal had put some urgency into Walsall’s game and they levelled on 31 minutes.

A corner was headed out and dropped to MANTOM outside the area. He struck a volley which flew through a ruck of players and the probably unsighted Shearer tried to keep it out with his legs but the ball went ‘through’ him.

Walsall, finding pockets of space in midfield, enjoyed a spell on top and Rotherham had some defending to do.

Defender Downing, who once had a loan spell with Rotherham, was booked for pulling back Nardiello off the ball.

Then Agard was booked when he slipped and brought down Featherstone.

Former Blades left back Taylor struck the free-kick over the top.

Pringle’s 20 yarder forced a sharp save from ‘keeper O’Donnell.

Arnason recovered well after misjudging his initial clearance attempt and the early stages produced little from either side apart from endeavour.

Skarz was hurt when Baxendale went in strongly on him. A foul was given and the Walsall man got a talking-to. The left back was able to continue after treatment.

Rotherham were then denied what seemed a clear penalty - except to ref Attwell, who seems to continue to have question marks against him with big decisions.

Revell glanced on, Nardiello got in behind Butler whose push on the striker overbalanced him and he was falling as he dragged his shot wide.

Nardiello was astounded he didn’t get the decision, and so was everyone else.

Then Revell was booked when challenging Butler. It didn’t even look a foul yet Attwell booked him as the big striker laughed about it.

Double Walsall change saw Baxendale and Hewitt replaced by Lalkovic and Westcarr.

Then an error by Skarz gave a chance to Mantom 20 yards out but he fired wide - narrowly so.

Rotherham enjoyed their best spell this half and Frecklington fired close to the near angle. With 18 minutes left, Eaves was sent on and Agard was the one to go off.

Revell was laid out when a long ball from Shearer cleared him, was thumped back by Butler and thudded straight into Revell’s face and he was flattened. He was understandably groggy but recovered after treatment.

With nine minutes left Revell was replaced by Tubbs.

Rotherham then almost scored. Eaves headed on Arnason’s long throw, Nardiello got in a header and O’Donnell punched away, almost on the line, as Milsom looked to finish off.

A great block by Morgan then denied Westcarr.

The result meant Rotherham extended their unbeaten start to eight league games, bettered only once and that was 11 in 1948.