Millers Promoted to Championship
Rotherham United have been promoted to the Championship after beating Leyton Orient on penalties in a thrilling battle of passion at the new Wembley.
Disaster struck for Rotherham in the first half as goals from Moses Odubajo and Dean Cox sent Orient into the second-half with a 2 goal lead, however 2 goals from Miller Centre-forward Alex Revell brought Rotherham back into the game and after 90 minutes the two sides were square and even after an extra 30 minutes they could not be seperated and the dreaded penalty shoot-out was called upon. Both teams scored their opening penalties, but Leyton Orient took the advantage in the second round after midfielder Lee Frecklington saw his penalty saved by Orient keeper Jamie Jones and John Lundstram hit the back of the net to put the London side ahead. The third round of penalties saw both sides scoring again, however in the fourth round, loanee defender James Tavernier smashed home his penalty and Rotherham keeper Adam Collin saved a Mathieu Baudry and put The Millers back into the shoot-out. Loanee midfielder Richie Smallwood smashed home his penalty to put all the pressure upon Leyton Orient striker Chris Dagnall, who crumbled under it and saw his shot saved by Adam Collin to send Rotherham, and their supporters, to the next level.
Manager Steve Evans prepares for life in the Championship:
"It's going to be tough, but then again I can say that about every league in England. There are a few faces that I would like to keep and I will work hard to keep them. I want to give these fans what they deserve. We will go into the next season as massive underdogs, but with the right preparation and a lot of luck I know we will do well after all it is the Championship, a league in which anyone can beat anyone. As long as the board back me well and I can make a good few additions to the squad then who knows, maybe we can be celebrating like this next season!"
Amongst many names the Millers fans are linking themselves with in their stature increase their is a recurring desire to add another year onto the loan of midfielder Richie Smallwood from fellow Championship team Middlesbrough, however Boro boss Aitor Karanka say's that he will need to think hard about loaning a good asset to a team in the same division. "I have a good balance here at Middlesbrough and for this I am very happy. If I need to keep Richie I will but my midfield is strong and there might not be a place for Richie. If this is the case then there may be another loan in-store for him. Whether it is at Rotherham or a different team I do not know yet"