|Rotherham manager Steve Evans.|
The first round of the Capital One Cup serves up a Yorkshire derby at Rotherham Uniteds new stadium, the New York Stadium. The recently promoted Millers have strengthened in the summer with signings such as the 6 month loan of Matt Tubbs, Michael Tidser from Morton and former Fulham full-back Rob Milsom joining the League One side. Both teams were buoyed by the performance in their opening league fixtures with the Millers coming from 1-3 down to draw 3-3 with Crewe whilst Wednesday were somewhat unfortunate to lose 2-1 to QPR.
|Rotherham United take the lead at the NY Stadium.|
|Rotherham celebrate a 'famous win'.|
The Millers are quick out of the blocks and Zayatte is forced into an early clearance before being fouled by Tubbs. Moments later and an Agard cross is dealt with by the back line and the resulting in-swinging corner by Pringle is well cleared. Wednesday have an early chance themselves when Arnason fouls Antonio but McCabe see's his free-kick delivery cleared by the fouling Swedish midfielder. The 51st minute brings a change in the visiting attack, the flagging Nuhiu replaced by Gary Madine who hopes to get his season underway. In an end-to-end couple of minutes both teams see corner kicks defended well and the momentum comes to a crashing halt when a counter attack by the home side is stopped with a Helan push in the back to Frecklington, earning the Wednesday player a yellow card. Just before the hour mark Maghoma is replaced by Jermaine Johnson before Morgan again fouls Antonio, giving McCabe another chance at goal. The Scotsman fires his free-kick over the wall this time but also clears the bar in a disappointing effort. A Pringle cross is defended well by Gardner before the resulting corner is seen away by former Porto fullback Floro in the 61st minute. The Millers are firmly on top in this game and crosses by Pringle, O'Connor and Tubbs all spell trouble for the Owls but are somehow denied a third decisive goal each time, as are Wednesday when Floro advances and lashes a shot skyward. On the 69th minute Dave Jones makes another change that sees Chris Maguire enter the action in replacement of Floro before a missed Madine shot allows Rotherham to replace Frecklington with Michael Tidser minutes later. Skarz does well to clear a McCabe corner in the 74th minute before Liam Palmer tests Shearer with a shot that the keeper saves easily. 2 minutes later sees Tubbs receive a booking before a moment of madness by J.Johnson gives the referee no option but to send off the winger for a head-butt on Pringle out wide. The home fans are now in full voice (see here) stating their hatred for their opposition, seemingly forgetting the full returned collection buckets that helped keep their club in existence a short while ago! Against 10 men and with a deserved 2-1 lead, the home side control the midfield with ease and they almost make it 3-1 when Tubbs' header is saved by Kirkland. A 79th minute cross into the box sees Madine head agonisingly wide before Tubbs is replaced by David Worrall in an attempt to see the game out. Wednesday again see another chance to equalise go begging when Madine has a half-chance saved by Shearer in goal on the 83rd minute. Arnason is having a good game and twice deals with McCabe's corners in the dying minutes before Shearer claims a cross well from the former Rangers midfielder. An 87th minute yellow card is flashed to Antonio when he upends Morgan before Madine fires a weak shot over the crossbar as Wednesday try in vain to force extra-time. The Millers replace Agard with David Noble on the 90th minute and after an uneventful 5 minutes of added-time the referee brings this Yorkshire derby to a close, resulting in a famous win for Rotherham United.
|Jermaine Johnson sees red.|
Shots: 8 / 13
On target: 5 / 4
Corners: 4 / 5
Fouls: 13 / 12
Possession: 47% / 53%
FT REVIEW: Abysmal result and performance. People will say 'its only the cup' but it was a near full-strength Wednesday side against a team that was playing League Two football last season. We were outplayed for 90% of the match and never looked like scoring from open play. That being said, Rotherham played very well and were up for the match from the opening whistle. They played some good possession football and hit us attack after attack. Taking nothing away from the Millers they deserved the win and I don't think there'll be a single Wednesday fan/player that thinks otherwise.
Owls Man of the Match: Chris Kirkland.
Dave Jones: "You can't head-butt somebody he's done it before and its not acceptable for this football club. He's been told I can't defend it - and neither can JJ. We're trying to get back into the game, its hard enough with 11 men and going down to 10 makes it more difficult. he'll be punished and rightly so - because I lose him for three games."
Steve Evans: "It was a great win for us against a great football club. We always believed we could win but we knew we would have to play well. We did our homework and we had a game-plan. We have talented players and scored with two great strikes. It was a magnificent cup-tie and it was a great achievement for this football club to win at home for the first time against Sheffield Wednesday for 37 years."