Match stats: Grimsby v Rotherham United

Cod Almighty | Match Stats

Tuesday 18 August 2009

Division 4

Grimsby Town 1 Sweeney (64)

Rotherham United 2 Le Fondre (53pen), Cummins (67)

Attendance: 4156

Sponsors' man of the match: Danny North
Cod Almighty man of the match: Jamie Clarke

Messrs Conlon and Hegarty came alive in the second half to great effect, but Clarke gave a perfect demonstration of why Town might not be in this mess if he'd been playing on the right of midfield all season.

Our gaffer says

"From start to finish the decisions went against us. The linesman on our side never gave us anything all night. We're not making excuses, but sometimes you just get referees and officials that just don't give you anything, and tonight was one of those nights. Although we are not making excuses, it was two decisions that have gone against us, and both resulted in goals... But overall, it was the response we were looking for after a dire and lifeless performance against Crewe."

Their gaffer says

"We played well and could have won by more goals... We penned them into their half in the first 45 and we would have liked to have got on the end of something but it wasn't to be. We kept plugging away and got our rewards in the second half."

Them

They had width, they had pace, they had a team. Better than Crewe, but not the all-conquering fourth division force some would have you believe. Play-offs maybe.

Grimsby 'til I die... or cry?

Bloody good support, if you ask us, which you sort of implicitly did by coming to this page. Although the crowd was a little cowed by Rotherham's second, so were the team, really. Other than that, Town raised their game and the fans responded. Which was nice. A good lung workout is also guaranteed by rubbish referees and linesmen. Which brings us nicely to the next section.

Official warning

Mr G Salisbury (Lancashire)
One suspects that the worst crimes against officiating this evening were committed by the linesmen rather than Mr Salisbury. We haven't a clue about Rotherham's goals, really, because the incidents in question were chuffing miles away from the Cod Almighty enclave. Mind you, Salisbury wasn't exactly right on the spot either, instead making the crucial decisions by remote control. If we're being jobsworthy about it, half of Rotherham's team should have been booked for their goal celebrations, and if we're not, there was the foul on, er, North, was it, when he was clean through and not even a yellow. Then the three-Miller group hug around Conlon inside the penalty area. We could go on. North should have been booked for that despicable dive as well. Marks out of ten: 3, without the kerrrazy decimal places. That's Salisbury's refereeing, not North's dive.

Accentuate the positive

It was better than the Crewe game, you know.

Line-ups

Town: Forecast; Stockdale, Bennett, Atkinson, Widdowson; Clarke, Leary (Fuller 85), Sweeney, Hegarty; Conlon, North (Proudlock 79)

Subs not used: Boshell, Heywood, Jones, Linwood, Overton

Booked: Hegarty, Sweeney

Rotherham United: Warrington, Tonge, Fenton, Sharps (Cummins 54), Green (Joseph h/t), Warne (Liddell 82), Harrison, Mills, Law, Pope, Le Fondre

Subs not used: Annerson, Ellison, R Taylor, J Taylor

Booked: Cummins