Millers FT: Southend 1 Rotherham United 1

Daniel Nardiello fires the ball past Sean Clohessy
Daniel Nardiello fires the ball past Sean Clohessy

ROTHERHAM United snatched a last-gasp leveller for the second match in a row as Johnny Mullins pounced to earn a 1-1 draw at Southend.

The Millers, deploying a 4-2-3-1 formation with O’Connor and Noble stationed in front of the back four, made a bright start with Nardiello, operating on the left flank, winning the first corner of the game after just over a minute.

Moments later, Davis was yellow-carded after handballing Assombalonga’s pass. It was a dodgy moment from Davis and he was fortunate Arnason was a covering defender.

Rotherham continued to dominate the early skirmishes and Noble tried his luck from distance but Smith was equal to it.

There was a brief stoppage after a nasty clash of heads between Ridehalgh and Arnason. The duo received treatment for several minutes but they eventually got to their feet and the match resumed.

Nardiello latched on to a lovely through ball from Arnason in the 30th minute and the club’s top-scorer tricked his way past Clohessy before dragging his shot wide.

Three minutes later, the lively Mayor squared a neat pass to Hurst, who lifted his strike over when he should have done better..

Just before the interval, Southend came close to opening the scoring. Mohsni fed Assombalonga, who Jinked his way past Davis before unleashing a left-foot shot which Warrington brilliantly kept out.

Half-time: 0-0

Southend, who thumped Rotherham 3-0 at New York Stadium, continued to put the visitors under the cosh after the break and a reckless backheel from Davis after just 40 seconds went straight to Mohsni, who lashed his half-volley over.

Having been cautioned early on, Davis was told to calm down by Rotherham’s management team following another late tackle on Assombalonga.

Rotherham strung a few passes together after the hour mark and Pringle’s delicate little chip sent Nardiello scampering through the middle.

O’Connor tested the reflexes of Smith with a free-kick from long range..

Just as Rotherham contemplated making their first alteration, Southend broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute and it was a gem of a strike from Hurst. It needed something special in a scrappy encounter and Hurst duly delivered, firing in a stunning right-foot shot which gave Warrington no chance.

Rotherham threw on Cameron, Odejayi and Slew to bolster their attacking options.

The Millers, after doing the same against York in midweek, grabbed a late leveller, as MULLINS bundled in Noble’s cross from close range.