Dean Hall’s Rotherham United fan column: Millers about sorted ... now for the refs!

Action from the Millers v Huddersfield
Action from the Millers v Huddersfield

Creeping over the line seems the best way to describe the past week, as we picked up two decent points from our two home matches.

We go into the weekend game at Wolves just requiring a single point to mathematically guarantee safety, assuming MK Dons win their home game with Brentford. A win last Tuesday night against Huddersfield would have been nice to get the job done at home, but a gritty performance saw us earn an unlikely point based on how the second half panned out.

Referee Graham Salisbury

Referee Graham Salisbury

I was quite impressed with the visitors who now seem a well-organised outfit under David Wagner and, with summer recruitment to come, could be a dark horse for next season. As for the Millers, I thought we looked shattered in patches and our passing, as against Forest last Saturday, wasn’t up to standard, particularly in the midfield quarter. I think perhaps one or two changes need to be made to freshen up what’s been a settled side during our 10-game unbeaten run. However, we’re all but over the line now, and who are we to grumble at that?

One man who did infuriate me on Tuesday night was the referee, Graham Salisbury. I watched the incompetence and inconsistency of John Moss in last weekend’s crunch match between Leicester and West Ham, and the lack of common sense we see from the officials continues to baffle me. The fast-track scheme that saw the likes of Moss promoted through the divisions rarely produces enough top-class officials, and, on the flip side, we have referees like Salisbury and Trevor Kettle who appear so far out of their depth on the league circuit and ready for retirement.

There’s no doubt being a referee is a hard job - I wouldn’t like to do it, and giving credit where it’s due is important - but interpreting the ‘letter of the law’ and applying some basic thinking time to make a key decision seems lacking and is a major gripe among supporters. Wrong decisions are part and parcel of football and can add to the drama of the occasion, but the radical inconsistency we’re continually seeing really needs addressing in my view.

See some of you at Wolves on Saturday, and lets’ hope this lovely weather holds out. Celebratory beers on ice.

Dean Hall

Dean Hall

Up the Millers.

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