Just Taylor Made!
Posted by chris_saxon on January 01 2008 20:19:10

Anybody looking at today’s result will think that we’d had another easy ride given that we’d won 3-0. In actual fact, this was anything but the case as for long periods a goalless draw seemed the more likely outcome.

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It seems to rain every time I go to Millmoor these days and once again rain was the order of the day as kick-off approached. Fortunately, I was at in the Millmoor Lane covered stand (The Cowshed), unfortunately I had a big stanchion in front of me obscuring the view big time!

Surprisingly, Chris O’Grady didn’t appear on the team sheet despite, at least in my opinion, having one of his best ninety minutes at Notts County the other day. Indeed, the rumour mill was in full swing as he’d been seen at the ground just prior to the start of the match. According to stories circulating amongst the faithful, O’Grady had driven down to Nottingham to complete a supposed £250,000 move to the red half of the City.  

Later in a post match interview on Radio Owls, Mark Robins scotched that particular thread by saying that O’Grady had been sent home by the club doctor with a flu virus though he hoped to have him back for Saturday’s crunch encounter with M K Dons. It’s funny how these things do the rounds though sometimes there’s no smoke without fire! We shall see.

In O’Grady’s absence, Mark Newsham was given another opportunity to prove that he’s worth a first team berth otherwise it was a case of as you were after the win at Meadow Lane.
 Macclesfield are the draw specialists of this division and we’d added to this tally by sharing the spoils earlier in the season in deepest Cheshire. 

Macclesfield are one of the poorest supported teams in the entire Football League and when the teams kicked off it seemed that less than a hundred of their fans had made the trip.

As for the actual game, the first half was a virtual non-event, though Ross’ fierce shot cannoned off the cross bar and their keeper pulled off a couple of decent saves. Macclesfield appeared content to put everybody behind the ball and play for a draw. Holmes and Newsham in particular were struggling up front and although we were rarely threatened in defence, it wasn’t one of our better days.

By the time the whistle had blown to signal the end of the half there were more than a few yawns amongst the crowd and they weren’t all due to the excesses of the New Year celebrations!  

That O’Grady rumour mill occupied the biggest talking point at half time such was the lack of incident on the pitch. It seemed that by half time the fee reportedly paid by Forest had risen to over £300,000! Nobody appeared the slightest bit bothered that we were struggling against a team in the bottom half of the table.

We fared little better at the beginning of the second half as we attacked and they defended in numbers. Indeed, I can’t ever remember a game with so little in the way of free kicks let alone scoring chances!

A recent check of disciplinary records in our division had us at the top of the league for fair play and unless we stepped things up our generosity was showing no bounds.
 At last our manager decided enough was enough and intervened. Taylor replaced Newsham who’d had a stinker of a game and suddenly we were up and at em! 

Within minutes Mark Hudson headed us in front from a superb Brogan cross and then the blond haired substitute took charge and added two more and might have completed a deserved hat-trick but for the post. Harrison laid on one of the goals to cap a fine all round performance arguably his best in a Millers shirt.

A somewhat drab game heading for a goalless draw had turned full circle within minutes and we’d won handsomely.
 Macclesfield fans will think that a 3-0 score line was a tad flattering and I’d probably agree but a win is a win as they say, or someone once said! 

Leaders M K Franchise are next up and will surely provide a much stiffer challenge than the Silkmen of Macclesfield. For now, we’ll wallow in another victory and enjoy looking at the league table.
 2008 has begun as 2007 finished and Mark Robins keeps on going up in my estimation.

Happy New Year one and all!
 Chris S