In our latest Retro Review piece, we reflect on that incredible 10-goal thriller between Wolves and Rotherham United.
This game came at the latter end of the 2013/14 League One season. Both teams enjoyed successful campaigns, with Wolves top, and Rotherham in the play-offs.
Earlier in the season, the two sides had another cracking encounter. At the New York Stadium, Wolves came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in one of the games of the season.
The Millers were one of only a few teams who really put Wolves to the test in 2013/14. Wolves were a class above the rest in League One, but Rotherham were a very good side in their own right and they pushed their opponents to the wire in both meetings.
Many would have doubted that they could top their first game, but they did just that to deliver one of the best games in League One history.
Rotherham United Starting XI vs Wolves
In the West Midlands sunshine, there was a party atmosphere at Molineux. Wolves were edging closer towards the League One title, and Rotherham United were readying themselves for the play-offs after a superb return season in the 3rd tier.
Wolves would have hoped for an easy afternoon, but it was far from it. Rotherham took an early lead in the 14th minute as Kieran Agard headed into the bottom corner from a Michael O’Connor cross.
This woke up the home side however, as from here they unleashed on the Millers goal. Rotherham’s lead lasted just seven minutes as Nouha Dicko equalised.
Dicko had a spell on loan at Rotherham earlier in the season, scoring six in six appearances. He continued his fine form with Wolves, which went in this game. Bakary Sako put it on a plate for Dicko who tapped home from close range past Adam Collin.
In the 34th minute, Dicko doubled his tally to put Wolves 2-1 up. Sam Ricketts put in a searching ball beyond the Rotherham backline which went right to Dicko. He was clear on goal and calmly slotted away to give his side the advantage.
During this 20-minute stint in the first-half, Wolves were simply too hot to handle going forward. They were showing just why they had been so dominant all season. Their third goal of the game came as Scott Golbourne advanced from left-back up to the edge of the box.
He put it on a plate for Dave Edwards, who directed it into the bottom corner to make it 3-1 heading into the break. This was a brilliant opening half from Wolves and there was no defending their onslaught.
After their brilliant showing in the opening 45 minutes, Wolves should have been plain sailing in the 2nd-half.
But this season, Rotherham never gave up without a fight. The Millers kept pressuring their opponents and fought their way back in the game with half an hour to go.
The ball was bouncing in the Wolves penalty area and they could not clear. It dropped to Agard and he got his shot away which went into the bottom corner for his brace.
Rotherham’s comeback appeared to be over as Wolves made it 4-2 in the 80th minute. The home side countered down the right flank through Edwards. He sent the ball into the box to Dicko who scored again from close range to complete his hat-trick.
The Millers came back once again minutes later as Nicky Adams crossed it into the box. The ball fell perfectly for Joe Skarz who struck it sweetly on the volley with his weaker right-foot past a flatfooted Carl Ikeme in goal.
Rotherham were now pushing hard for an unlikely equaliser. They did not have to wait long either as that goal came moments later in the 88th minute.
James Tavernier advanced forward and hit a relatively weak shot towards the goal. Fortunately, his effort went straight to Agard. The attacker directed the ball into the open goal to make it 4-4 and to join Dicko in scoring a hat-trick.
With the momentum in their corner, Rotherham continued to press in search of a winner with just added time remaining.
This worked in Wolves’ favour though. They got the ball back and started an attack through Ricketts. The right-back passed it infield to Edwards, who quickly returned it to Ricketts on the edge of the area.
The Wolves captain curled a sublime effort with his left foot into the top corner to swing this superb game back in the home side’s favour.
If there was a goal worthy of winning a game as good as this, it was this one from Ricketts. Rotherham kept going to try to salvage something from the game. But Wolves countered again through Dicko with seconds of the game left.
He was in on goal and unselfishly squared it to Kevin McDonald. He scored to secure a huge 6-4 win after a remarkable afternoon of football.
Wolves fans flooded onto the pitch as they celebrated their promotion to the Championship. With this unbelievable win, they were now just one more win away from the title with three games to go.
They did this with ease as they beat Brentford to the league title by nine points. Wolves definitely deserved the title and it was great to see Rotherham give them such a challenge during both games.
It shows just how much of a good team Steve Evans had built that they could do this against such formidable opponents in Wolves.
Rotherham enjoyed a fantastic season, and it was a great achievement for them to even reach the play-offs in 2013/14.
We all know that this was not the end of the story. Rotherham went onto make history at Wembley which has gone down as one of the most memorable days in the club’s history.
The season had many high points for Rotherham United, and even though it ended in defeat, this game with Wolves is right up there among the best of them.
— Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) May 28, 2014