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The evening got even bleaker for Wycombe when Millers' substitute Alan Lee latched onto a Paul Warne cross to head home the only goal of the game on 83 minutes. Until then it looked like that both sides had cancelled each other out, although it was the visitors who had the better chances of the evening.
There was one change in the Wycombe line-up from Saturday's victory over Oldham. Ben Townsend was relegated to the bench as Wycombe switched to a back four while Stewart Casteldine was the extra body in midfield. Up front Wycombe stuck with Roy Essandoh and Keith Ryan but neither player could claim a serious effort at goal and it was defenders Jason Cousins and Paul McCarthy who came closest to scoring for The Chairboys on a night of limited chances.
Cousins effort came on 9 minutes following a corner from the right by Martyn Lee, The Millers defence failing to clear and Cousins have two attempts before stabbing the ball wide of the far post from 12 yards.
At the other end Warne drilled in an effort from 20 yards that Martin Taylor gathered with relative ease before the first substitution of the night. Not a player in this case but the ball. The white ball first being replaced with an orange training ball and then finally the standard yellow type.
Millers top scorer Mark Robins snatched a shot wide just before the break after Lee had lost possession on the slippery surface and to add to the farcical weather conditions there was partial floodlight failure on the pylon at the corner of the Woodlands Stand and The Hillbottom Road End. This led to serious discussions at the interval on whether the game should continue but thankfully both Managers wanted the game to be played out.
Wycombe defended the gloomy end in the second-half and should have fell behind in the 54th minute when Robins crossed from the right only for Richard Barker to head the ball back wide of Taylor's left hand post when kicking the ball looked the easier option.
Wycombe's best spell followed with Bulman powering through from midfield in the 61st minute before lashing his shot wide. Three minutes later a Cousins free-kick landed kindly for Michael Simpson but The Millers were back in numbers to block again.
The Wanderers purple patch was completed in the 73rd minute when Simpson's inswinging corner from the left was glanced wide of the far post by McCarthy.
Credit must be given to the visitors for pressing on for a winner. In the 75th minute Marvin Bryan's looping cross from the right was headed just wide by Port Vale loan signing Jeff Minton and only a exquisitely timed tackle from Bates four minutes later cut out Warne.
However, it was Warne's delivery into the blackhole of the Hillbottom Road End that found Millers substitute Alan Lee to leave the travelling fans happy.
Lawrie Sanchez will not be happy at the way the goal was conceded but will feel unlucky to have lost to Ronnie Moore's surprise package. As Wycombe pressed for an equaliser there were strong claims for a penalty after the ball struck a Rotherham elbow during a stoppage time scramble in the visitors penalty area.
The Millers go top of the table after this victory while Wycombe remain 14th with the visit to fourth placed Walsall to come on Saturday (24th March).
Final Score Wycombe 0 Rotherham 1
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