Har­ri­son the hero ends Gas short­age

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP - By Thomas Dou­glas

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.

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