Millers FA Cup 3rd Round

A comeback for the ages moves the Millers into the FA Cup Third Round.

Solihull Moors were always going to be a really tough test, but Paul Warne and his players could not have comprehended how difficult this one would be.

After just six minutes, Solihull took the lead via a cracking half volley by Jamey Osbourne on the edge of the box.

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Two minutes later though, matters got even worse and the non-league side were in dreamland as they doubled their lead.

The Millers couldn’t clear their lines, allowing a second cross into the box which was finished calmly by Alex Gudger.

Solihull would control the rest of the half as Rotherham simply could not find a footing in the game at all.

The 2nd-half continued on exactly as things ended in the first-half, with the home side still very comfortable with their lead.

Then problems were compounded further for the Millers 64 minutes in as Solihull got their third of the game.

Jake Beesley beat Michael Ihiekwe to the ball out on the right wing, before he advanced and squared it to James Ball who tapped home from a couple yards out to seemingly seal the win.

Solihull were fully in control of this one, Rotherham were extremely below par all night and were all-but set for a heavy defeat against non-league opposition.

All of this was thrown completely up in the air in the 76th minute however, as Freddie Ladapo grabbed a goal from absolutely nowhere for Rotherham.

A great Chiedozie Ogbene cross from the right put it on a plate for Ladapo who made no mistake and put it away from inside the six yard box.

The game was then wide open once again as Rotherham made it 3-2 just two minutes later.

After a few ricochets in the penalty area, the ball fell perfectly for Michael Ihiekwe who finished superbly as if he was a striker with his right foot into the top corner.

The Millers were now well on top and were pilling the pressure on a tiring Solihull Moors side.

Then in the 88th minute, another pinpoint Ogbene cross from the right flank put it on a plate for Michael Smith who headed home brilliantly to bring the game level in unbelievable fashion.

After Smith’s goal went in, there was definitely an air of inevitability around the place as Rotherham looked for a winner and this was proven right in the first minute of stoppage time.

Ogbene tormented Solihull ever since coming on and after a cute back heel from Ihiekwe, he sent in another sublime cross towards Smith.

The big man rose highest once again and he headed past the keeper into the bottom corner to win it for the Millers.

After feeling deflated because of a very disappointing 75 minutes, this goal sent the 400 plus Millers faithful into euphoria as their team sealed a surreal 4-3 victory.

We should not gloss over the fact that Rotherham were really poor for much of the game and deservedly found themselves 3-0 down.

But this was a truly remarkable comeback and it is one that will live long in the memory for Millers supporters and everyone at the club.

A lot of credit must go to Paul Warne, his staff and of course the players. They showed an immense level of character last night and it should stand them in very good stead moving forward.

Next up in the third round for Rotherham is a home tie against Yorkshire rivals Hull City. Here’s hoping that the Millers do not require a similar comeback against Hull to go through, but Rotherham have never done things the easy way.

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