Sunday, 4 March 2012

Two minutes with… Rotherham United

With two matches at Underhill this week, Rotherham were the visitors on Saturday afternoon – and it was exactly this weekend a year ago that we played them at the Don Valley. It was a boring 0–0 that day, and it was a point a-piece again, with the scores level at 1–1. Rotherham fan, Dean, shares his match experience and thoughts post-game this time round. You can follow Dean on Twitter @deano83rufc. And for anyone interested in news on the Millers as well as pictures of their new stadium which is due to open in July, follow @rotherhammad or visit ‘MillersMad’, where Dean is Co-Editor.

Barnet 1–1 Rotherham United
(Byrne ’7 – Pringle ’50)
Attendance: 1,765 (away: 284)

How did you get to the game?
We travel by coach to most matches on our own organised bus, and yesterday was no different. Departure from the Colin pub in Kimberworth, Rotherham at 9.30am, arriving at Underhill around 12.45pm after a half hour stop on the way down to get fed and watered!

What did you do pre-match?
We usually go in The Old Red Lion with it being the closest pub, but took a walk down to the Queens Arms to watch the Liverpool/Arsenal clash and have three pints of lager. There was a healthy mix of both sets of fans, including a few in Arsenal shirts too. It was my 5th visit to Barnet and it’s always a relaxed day out.

Where did you sit/stand in the ground?
I stood about halfway along the Central East Terrace – there was just short of 300 of us there – but as usual it’s a decent stand for atmosphere with the low roof to keep the noise in. We'd taken advantage of the Sun tickets token offer, so bought two for £19.50, can't go wrong!

What did you make of the game?
In the first half Rotherham were poor kicking down the slope, with the wind too. Byrne's early free kick set us back a bit but the double change at the break gave us a kick start. Pringle took his goal nicely but a draw was probably a fair result; however, disappointed not to win with the poor run Barnet have been on. Pretty much the story of our season though, inconsistency!

Was the scoreline a fair reflection?
As I said, 1-1 was about right and it was interesting to see two 38 year-olds on the field in Warne and McGleish!

Who, in your opinion was man of the match?
In a scrappy game I thought Ben Pringle was our shining light even though he only figured down the left for 45 minutes.

Who do you play next and how do you think you'll get on?
We take on Crewe at the Don Valley on Tuesday night. Nothing less than a win will do to get back into the play-off race, but I'll go 1-1 again!

Thanks Dean

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