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Late penalty earns Tranmere Rovers a point against Rotherham United
9:48am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
TRANMERE Rovers returned from The New York Stadium a point better off last night after drawing 1-1 with Rotherham United.
A late Ryan Lowe penalty earned Ronnie Moore's squad a goal against The Millers with five minutes of normal time remaining. Lowe found the net Kieran Agard's strike had given the hosts a second half lead.
Rovers' boss Ronnie Moore made one change to the team that started against Leyton Orient as new signing Steve Jennings came into the team in place of the suspended Ian Goodison, who was given a three-match ban following an incident during Saturday's match against Leyton Orient.
The switch meant a move to centre back for Jim McNulty with Liam Ridehalgh moving to left back, Jake Kirby to left midfield and Max Power to right midfield.
The Millers kicked off and almost took the lead before Rovers had touched the ball.
A high ball from the back was knocked down by Tom Eaves and Ben Pringle's 25-yard effort was tipped away from the top corner by Owain Fon Williams.
The home side dominated the early stages.
Daniel Nardiello's 18-yard shot hit McNulty and rolled away from goal on nine minutes and the striker had another chance to open the scoring three minutes later, only to head Pringle's cross wide at the far post.
Fon Williams collected Agard's long range shot at the second attempt on 15 minutes and was called into action twice more in quick succession, palming 25 yard shots from rob Milsom and Craig Morgan away from goal.
Ronnie Moore was pleased to see his side come from a goal down at Rotherham United to claim a 1-1 draw.
Rovers had to cope with a long spell of early pressure from the Millers and conceded after half time, but Ryan Lowe's penalty earned them a point.
On the club's website Tranmere Player, Moore said: "We've had to defend and defend well. They had a fantastic start and put us on the back foot.
"I saw that when they played Swindon here. They lost the game 4-0 but battered them for 20 minutes and missed some good chances.
"Our keeper has made some good saves but I'm gutted with the goal.
"We got done with a ball over the top and one of them ducks. But give us credit we kept going.
"Baggie came on and looked sharp and bright and we might have nicked it. If he's given the first penalty you've got to give the second one because there's not much difference between them.
"Steve Evans will probably think they should have won but I'm in the other box and I think it's a well deserved point.
"We had to play Max Power out wide to start with and I've said to Baggie then that if he wants to start he has to do that week in week out.
"He's got pace and defenders don't want him around their ankles."
Tranmere are in League One action against MK Dons at Prenton Park this Saturday, October 26, 3pm.