03/11/2004 Rotherham
2 - 2

For the second time in as many games Rotherham threw away a two-goal lead in the East Midlands as a poor display from Forest saw them snatch a point in this 2-2 draw.

Strikes from Chris Sedgwick and Junior saw the Millers take a 2-0 lead into the interval, only to be pegged back after the break by David Johnson and Marlon King - with Junior sent off.

The result leaves the Millers stranded at the foot of the Championship table, while Forest climb back up 22nd place, above Gillingham on goal difference.

Forest did control possession for most of the 90 minutes, but up front they lacked ideas and the teeth to hit Rotherham where it hurt.

Yet somehow, despite their possession, Forest went behind in the 19th minute as Rotherham’s Paul Hurst was allowed to deliver an inch-perfect cross to the head of Chris Sedgwick, who must have thought everyone else had left the field of play, as he found himself in acres of space.

Then, in the 27th minute, with only their second meaningful attack of the night, Rotherham doubled their lead.

It cam from on-loan striker Junior, who, picking the ball up some 35-yards out, ran at the Forest defence teasing them, before sliding his shot across Paul Gerrard and into the far corner.

The crowd were incensed at the ease with which Rotherham had scored, but they turned their anger on the chairman, who was subjected to a barrage of “Doughty Out” chants.

At the other end, Forest were unlucky not to have at least one goal back as the Millers’ ‘keeper, Mike Pollitt twice pulled of brilliant saves to dent Marlon King.

During the break Kinnear replaced the injured Impey with Kris Commons and Forest’s fortunes changed almost immediately.

With only seven minutes of the second-half played Forest did pull one back as Andy Reid curled a wicked cross into the Rotherham box, which was met by the diving head David Johnson.

The equaliser came ten minutes later when Junior was red-carded for hauling down Johnson in the box.

The referee had no hesitation in awarding the spot kick and King slotted it home.

At this point Forest could have upped the pressure on ten-man Rotherham and grabbed a winner, but after the equaliser they seemed resigned to the draw and took their foot of the pedal.

The three points would have helped enormously, but the lack of effort in the remaining 25 minutes drew a chorus of boos as the referee blew the final whistle.
Forest Man-of-the-Match:


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No. Player Scored Cards
22  GERRARD       
15  IMPEY  Substituted    
EVANS  Substituted    
JOHNSON    1  
11  KING    1  
17  COMMONS  Substitute (On for 15 )    
14  JESS  Substitute (On for 8 )    


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