Rotherham United found themselves out of the Leasing.com Trophy on Tuesday night after a three-nil loss away at Lincoln City.
But, as we often find, when one door shuts another opens and the Millers clash away at Solihull Moors has been picked for live TV.
Paul Warne made a few changes for Tuesday’s nights Trophy game including giving youngsters Jake Cooper and Akeem Hinds a start with Adam Thompson making his first start in a Rotherham shirt. Former Millers’ favourite Lee Frecklington got his first start of the season for the hosts.
The Millers had the first foray at goal when Freddie Ladapo was first to a loose ball but saw his shot rise over the crossbar followed by Ladapo trying to send Michael Smith off but the ball wasn’t the best and never got to the Millers’ forward. At the other end Frecklington had a shot go wide before a John Akinde pass found Tom Pett who went over under a challenge by Thompson and referee Mr Oldham pointed straight to the penalty spot. Up stepped Akinde who put the ball past Millers’ ‘keeper Lewis Price to open the scoring. Two minutes later the Imps were two up after a shot from Akinde appeared to get a deflection of a Rotherham defender and went into the corner of the net. Harry Anderson might have made it three while Dan Barlaser fired a ball towards Jake Hastie which appeared to hit a divot and fly into the thankful arms of City ‘keeper Grant Smith. Grant Smith managed to get down to a header from Michael Smith while at the other end Price parried a shot from Anderson into the path of Jorge Grant but his effort was blocked by the Millers defence.
At the start of the second half Jake Hastie got by his marker but his cross towards a waiting Michael Smith was blocked. Hastie appealed for a penalty after he ended on the deck after a tussle with Harry Anderson but the referee shook his head followed by some good work by Matthew Olosunde saw him get the ball to Freddie Ladapo who put well over the crossbar from the edge of the box. At the other end Jake Hesketh, on for Lee Frecklington, shot wide when it looked easier to put it in the net and before Jorge Grant brought off a save from Lewis Price, Dan Barlaser had a shot that went inches wide. Price did well to get down and parry a shot away from danger from Jack Payne. A late challenge on Tyler Walker, who was on for Payne, saw Olosunde get a yellow card with the resulting Grant free-kick finding Walker who headed into the net to make it three-nil. Lincoln tried their best to get a fourth goal, which would have seen them progress in this competition, with Walker having a shot go wide and Price saving well from Hesketh.
Onto the FA Cup with the Millers being drawn against non-league Solihull Moors and will be shown live on TV – which will be on BT Sport 1 on Monday, 2nd December with a 7.45pm kick-off.
I’m never sure about the Millers being live on TV. I think there would have been more Rotherham fans there for a Saturday afternoon game whereas I feel there will be people who can’t make the Monday night game. Also, there’s always the ‘banana skin’ problem and although we Millers would probably have accepted it on the day I’m wondering should it happen, do we want it broadcast all over the place? On the other hand there will be money in this for Rotherham – and you can’t turn down money.
Tickets have to be arranged for this tie yet.