Frustrated Paul Green described Davd Button as his “nemesis” after being thwarted by the opposition goalkeeper for the second time in as many seasons.
The Rotherham United midfielder looked certain to score with a free header in the 71st minute at Brentford and level the scores at 2-2.
But, just as he did last year in the second half at Griffin Park, Button denied the 32-year-old with a stunning save.
“As soon as the ball’s come across, my eyes have lit up. I just thought ‘head it down’,” Green said.
“He’s a big keeper and he’s got down well, to be honest. The same thing happened last year. He pulled off a good save against me then. He’s a bit of a nemesis to me at the moment.”
The Millers lost 2-1 but fought back from conceding a 67-second goal to show up well in Neil Redfearn’s first match as boss.
“Every time a new manager comes in, it lifts spirits,” Green said. “The old manager (Steve Evans) did so well for the club, but it’s a new era.
“You’ve got to buy in to what the new manager is wanting you to do. You could see out there that the lads are doing that. We’re creating chances and that’s the big thing. If you’re not creating chances, you worry. But we had some good opportunities in that game and we’re very disappointed not to have taken them.”
Green was brought back into the side after being confined mainly to substitute appearances for the first 10 Championship matches of the season.
“As a player, you never want to be on the bench. It’s just nice to be back playing again,” he said.
“The new gaffer has come in and put me straight back in. I thought I did really well today, but in the last five minutes I started to feel the cramp because I’ve not played for so long.”
Green hopes to keep his place tomorrow against second-placed Reading, depite his late discomfort at Griffin Park.
“I’ll be okay,” he said. “I just need to get a lot of fluid down me. The games come thick and and fast in the Championship. It’s going to be tough against Reading but I’m sure we’ll be ready.”
Midfielder Richie Smallwood is banned for a game after picking up five bookings.