Harrison the hero ends Gas shortage
DARRELL Clarke was a relieved manager as Rovers ended a wretched run by coming from behind to take the points.
Ellis Harrison was the hero, netting one goal and making the other against a Rotherham side reduced to ten men by the 79th-minute dismissal of striker Kieffer Moore.
After a sequence of nine defeats in ten games, Clarke admitted: “I’m relieved if I’m honest. It was a tense, edgy game and we missed a couple of great chances in the first half.
“The character we showed after going a goal down was great. It was a massive three points for us after the run we were on.
“But this win is no more than a building block and we are certainly not getting carried away. We’ve got to continue grinding out results and get a few more wins under our belts.
“That needs to happen as quickly as we can before we start looking up the table again.”
Ryan Williams fired Rotherham in front from the right side of the box in the 56th minute from a long pass from fellow winger Joe Newellon.
But eight minutes later a Dan Leadbitter cross was nodded on by substitute Chris Lines for Harrison to slot his eighth goal of the campaign.
Rotherham were reduced to ten men when Ipswich loanee striker Moore was shown a red card for hitting out at defender Lee Brown.
Their boss Paul Warne said: “I thought it was a pretty ugly game and the conditions didn’t suit either side.
“I felt we had enough of the game to come away with something and so not to do so is hugely frustrating. “At 1-0 we were comfortable and controlling the game and one mistake has let them in and cost us.
“We’ve scored in the last three games and so there’s nothing wrong with us going forward.” Warne made no attempt to defend Moore, saying: “He definitely slapped the lad in the face. He’s obviously going to be a big loss for us as a team.”
Rovers should have been two up before the break. Striker Billy Bodin missed a sitter when he nodded over an open goal from six yards in the 15th minute.
And Sercombe was left red-faced when he nodded wide from eight yards in front of goal with only Rodak to beat.