Nottingham Forest 2 Rotherham United 2

By Footymad Previewer
Last updated : 03 November 2004

Two goals in nine second-half minutes earned Nottingham Forest a much needed point against Rotherham United in the battle of the basement of the Championship.

The visitors were unable to snatch their first win of the campaign 17 games into it despite taking a two-goal advantage before the interval in a six-pointer.

Chris Sedgwick broke the deadlock for United 19 minutes into the game as he headed past Paul Gerrard from a Paul Hurst cross from the goalline.

Junior, on loan from Forest's East Midlands rivals Derby, stung the home side faithful with a low shot past Gerrard from the edge of the box to give the visitors a two-goal lead.

Forest supporters vented their feeling loudly after the goal, shouting for the resignation of manager Joe Kinnear and chairman Nigel Doughty.

Their hopes of a better result were restored seven minutes into the second half when David Johnson, hardly noticed on the pitch so far, produced a lifeline for Forest as he flicked the ball past Mike Pollitt from eight yards following an Andy Reid cross from the right.

Forest needed little invitation after the goal and pushed forward in search of the all-important equaliser and got their reward in the 62nd minute when Junior horrendously fouled Johnson from the back in the penalty box to leave little choice for the referee but to point to the penalty spot.

Marlon King stepped up to take the penalty leaving Pollitt no chance to keep his side in front, slotting the ball in the bottom right-hand corner.

From there onwards, Forest's front line, despite having a man advantage on the pitch, hardly threatened Rotherham's goal.

The most notable chance fell to substitute Kris Commons, but his shot was superbly saved by the Millers' outstanding goalkeeper Pollitt.

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