Aesseal New York Stadium
15/09/2018 3:00 pm
Referee: Peter Bankes
|Rotherham United||Derby County|
|Manning (Pen 62)|
The Rams re-started their season following the International break with a loss to Rotherham United.
The game centred on the referee and the card happy officials assistants. Two sendings off for the Rams, including Manager Frank Lampard, was adding insult to injury.
Rotherham started the game on the front foot and were first to the ball for the first half hour, but the Rams did produce some meaning full attacks on the break but the game ended goalless at the break and the match poised on a knife edge for both teams.
At the start of the second half Derby did seem to react a little quicker and again did their fair share of attacking but Rotherham’s dogged defence and long ball game kept the fans guessing who would take all the points.
In the 59th minute, an apparent rush of blood to the head saw Tom Lawrence scythe down a Rotherham player from behind with studs showing, which gave the referee little option but to produce a straight red for the Welsh International, which means he will have to sit out the next three games for the Rams.
With tensions riding high, a free kick given against Derby saw Mason Mount apparently throw the ball back to where he thought the free kick should be taken from but the hapless referee saw it as deliberately throwing the ball away and booked the England U21 International in the 59th minute. Just three minutes later referee Bankes, with help from his referee gave a penalty which from all angles looked to be very, very harsh, as Craig Forsyth appeared to slip and the Rotherham attacker fall.
Scott Carson did his best to put the penalty taker, Manning, off but the player sent Carson the wrong way to give Rotherham a luck lead.
The goal prompted Frank Lampard to make changes, with Mason Bennett coming on for Florian Jozefzoon and Jack Marriott came n for Martyn Waghorn. The change seemed to spur on and attack the Rotherham goal. Duane Holmes entered the fray in the 2nd minute for Tom Huddlestone, giving fresh legs to try and pull back the one-goal deficit.
More strong tackles and fouls followed from Rotherham and this seems to be the reason that Frank Lampard received the second red card from Referee Peter Bankes in the 76th minute. His remonstrations about fouls that seemed to go unpunished, or not punished in the same way his Derby side had been, prompted the sending off.
All the incident and controversy resulted in 7 minutes of time added on at the end of the game but as Derby threw everything they had left at Rotherham, it wasn’t to be and a strong defence, rash tackling and an inept referee were the Rams downfall today as the registered no points at the New York Stadium.