ROTHERHAM went into the game on a run of five losses in all competitions, and the last time the club lost five in succession was in April 2005 in the Championship. They ended that sequence and were in front, only to be halted by the Sherriff.
The current run of five includes four straight defeats in League Two and the last time that happened was not that long ago late in the play-off final season of 2010.
Among Rotherham’s defensive problems have been the concession of early goals and the last three home games had seen them concede in the 10th minute, the ninth minute and the eighth minute. So some people would have been holding their breath when this game got to its seventh minute but fortunately that decreasing time sequence didn’t continue - but they might well have fallen behind in just the second minute.
But on 22 minutes found the right spot and a tremendous strike it was too and a candidate for Goal of the Season.
Harrison won the ball well just inside the Shrewsbury half. GRABBAN picked up possession, turned and set off and with most people probably expecting him to use Schofield alongside, he moved on a few more strides and then struck a shot from all of 35 yards that flew beyond Neal’s left hand into the top corner.
Shrewsbury had certainly been kept at arm’s length but as the half drew to a close they plucked out an equaliser after what seemed a harsh decision against Taylor out wide. The free kick went beyond the far post, Grandison put the ball back into the danger area and it was sub CANSDELL-SHERRIFF who hooked his shot home from around 10 yards.
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