Rotherham 1-1 Charlton: Match Report

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Charlton Athletic made the long trip up north to Rotherham United's New York Stadium on Saturday in what was an entertaining Championship fixture in front of nearly 10,000 fans.

In the first half it was the visitors who took advantage of some lack-lustre defending by Rotherham. Johan Berg Gudmundsson firing a shot from the edge of the box which flew past Rotherham goalkeeper Scott Loach just after 27 minutes. 

Despite this Rotherham kept pressuring the visitors half, with on-loan Paul Taylor's header going just wide of the post. However for an brief moment Rotherham let their guard down and former Coventry man who had been terrorising the Millers' defence was able to force a save from Scott Loach just before the interval.

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Second half improvement

The second half was an improvement on the first with even more chances created, primarily by Rotherham. Rotherham's Jordan Bowery was flagged offside when he prodded the ball into the back off the net which made the Millers faithful think it wasn't going to be their day.

Despite this disappointment as soon as Rotherham's very own blonde bombshell Ben Pringle replaced Paul Taylor it added even more pace and excitement to the Rotherham attacks. Finally the home team were rewarded. With 20 minutes left on the clock on-loan Luciano Becchio headed home his first goal for Rotherham via a superb Ben Pringle cross.

Nervy final ten minutes

In the final 10 minutes both teams looked slightly jittery, unsure whether to attack or sit back. Rotherham's hesitancy and nervousness was nearly punished. Scott Loach was able to save a shot on the goal-line in the last couple of minutes.

The game ended with one a piece. Charlton remain undefeated in the league. Rotherham players earning a standing ovation from their supporters at the full time whistle for their efforts. A well deserved point it seems for both sides.

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