Millers bite back for point
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rotherham staged a fine comeback to take a point from their derby with Sheffield United.Rotherham stages a fine comeback to take a point from their South Yorkshire derby with Sheffield United.
The Blades were two up and cruising thanks to efforts from Michael Tonge and Paul Shaw, but a disallowed goal from Tonge shortly after Shaw had made it two on 47 minutes changed the game.
Rotherham restored parity through Chris Swailes and then Martin McIntosh and had chances to win the contest.
Sheffield United should have moved ahead through Andy Gray but he somehow failed to convert from eight yards after a flowing move down the left.
However, Tonge spared Gray's blushes with a well-taken goal in the fifth minute of injury-time in the first-half which had been added on after Martin Butler was stretchered off following a clash with Ian Bennett.
The visitors doubled their lead two minutes after the break when Shaw was on hand to tap in a rebound from close range after Mike Pollitt had parried a Tonge shot.
Tonge thought he had all but killed the contest moments later, but saw his effort disallowed for a poor offside decision against Gray who was not interfering with play.
It seemed to inspire Rotherham who soon reduced the arrears through a thumping header from Swailes.
They were back on term 20 minutes from time when McIntosh struck with a looping header from a right-wing corner.
There were chances to win it at both ends, the best falling to Danny Cadamarteri who was denied by Pollitt with just eight minutes remaining.