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Accrington boss wanted game abandoned after Rotherham pitch invader PUNCHED player

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman wanted Saturday’s game abandoned after a Rotherham pitch invader PUNCHED a player mid-game.

The Millers moved six points clear at the top of the League One standings after surviving a late scare to see off Stanley 1-0.

Harry Pell saw an 89th-minute penalty saved by Josh Vickers after Richard Wood had been sent off for blocking a goalbound shot from Korede Adedoyin with his hand.

The visitors had picked up up two wins over the Millers already this season, however that run ended with Dan Barlaser striking a second-half volley which proved to be the winner.

The first real opportunity for the hosts came to Will Grigg however just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net, first by goalkeeper Toby Savin prevented his effort and then by Seamus Conneely, who cleared off the line before Grigg fired over the bar.

Both sides gave a decent account in the opening stages with set-pieces from Michael Nottingham heading straight at Vickers before Michael Ihiekwe got the direction wrong at the other end.

Tactics from Accrington had been frustrating Rotherham, though ended on the 57th minute when the ball fell nicely to Barlaser who then smashed a volley beyond Savin.

The luck wasn’t on Stanley’s side and Mitch Clark struck the woodwork deep into added on time.


Rotherham United are incredibly disappointed to once again be issuing a post-match statement to condemn the actions of two of our so-called supporters for their behaviour during our Sky Bet League One fixture against Accrington Stanley at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Following crowd-related incidents in the recent games against Fleetwood Town and Crewe Alexandra, and having subsequently investigated those incidents, we are embarrassed to once again be commenting on the behaviour of some fans, who absolutely do not represent the majority or what we stand for as a club.

On an afternoon on which we should be celebrating the team’s success on the field, we are disappointed to be commenting on the actions of individuals in the stand.

The two culprits have been identified by the club and arrested for their actions by South Yorkshire Police. They will be banned permanently from AESSEAL New York Stadium and are no longer welcome at Rotherham United.

The club will be making no further comment at this time.

Accrington boss John Coleman claimed the game should have been abandoned. “I feel physically sick,” he said.

Rotherham boss Paul Warne: “Everyone is going to be talking about those fans. Quest, Sky. It’s going to be the big drama. We don’t want it at the club. It’s not who we are.”

On footballing matters, boss Paul Warne thought Rotherham deserved their victory but admitted their goal led a charmed life in stoppage time. “It feels like a fortunate win.”

Asked if he thought it was a penalty, Warne said. “You’re asking the wrong person, Mate. I’d nipped inside for a wee.”

Twitter users reacted after the Accrington boss wanted Saturday’s game abandoned after a Rotherham pitch invader PUNCHED a player…

@The_RUFC: Banned for life and arrested, well done @OfficialRUFC. A worrying amount of our fan base still think this stuff is funny

@JayBarnfield18: get every idiot out of our club. giving everyone a bad name

@PatriceBooth: He needs to take a hard long look how his player played , diving slow timing getting in the refs face , wanting every decision to go their way. And wait didn’t he get booked for arguing with the ref.

@lindseyxrufc: Well done to the club for taking fast and appropriate action 👏🏼 don’t know why a minority are trying to ruin a phenomenal effort by our players this season.. Good riddance 👋🏼 #rufc

@joe04johnson: 3rd club statement in last 4 games, utm

@rufc_pod: 3 statements in less than a month needed. A sad state of affairs. But glad club have taken swift action

@Frostythemiller: Good, banned and arrested. It’s not welcome

@smith98_josh: He wouldn’t be saying that if they’d scored the pen or the chances at end would he…

JoeIinton: Fuckin embarrassing week in week out, us fans who are actually fans pay the consequence of idiots who attend our games. I feel sad/disgusted for Pell and Accrington had to deal with 2 imbeciles ruining it again.

@adawri81: Completely agree, it’s hard to stay in love with football when we have players wasting time at 0-0 from inside the first 10 minutes. Diving, faking injuries and doing everything other than playing football, falling out of love fast!

@ldcon71: I don’t understand why it would be abandoned just because a kid ran onto the pitch. He must live shallow life if that sickens him. By the way I’m not condoning what happened but over the years Ive seen loads of fans on the pitch.

@PokerMillers: Would he be piping up if the penalty went in. Probably not. I felt physically sick watching his team blatantly cheat all game

@Fletcher1297: Wow and I thought fans running on pitch was most embarrassing thing today -.-

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