Millers Win On Pens
12 August 2008 - 19.45
Have you ever got that Monday morning feeling on a Wednesday? Well I think Sheffield Wednesday fans will have today as they saw their team go in front twice against neighbours Rotherham only to lose on penalties in the first round of the Carling Cup last night.
Reuben Reid, scorer of Saturday's winner against Lincoln, made himself an instant Millers hero as he stepped up to score the penalty that made sure the League Two team got their name in the hat for the draw for the second round of the cup.
At the beginning of the night, it was the home team that came out of the blocks the quicker when, on six minutes, Leon Clark had the ball in the back of the net but it was disallowed for pushing and minutes later Andy Warrington was well beaten when Steve Watson chipped the ball only to see it hit the crossbar and go out to safety. Etienne Esajas, who caused the Millers defence problems all evening, easily bypassed Mark Lynch to smash the ball into the back of the net. But, from the re-start, Pablo Mills passed the ball to Alex Rhodes who slid the ball past Lee Grant in the Wednesday goal. The Millers fans erupted! The Millers settled down and began to pass the ball around but despite looking on top, just before half-time they had a let off when the Owls were given a free kick and Esajas smashed it against the crossbar. At the other end, Ryan Taylor, was unlucky when he was beaten to a cross by Grant.
Like the first half, the home team came out the better in the second and had a lot of the ball and Andy Warrington brought off a good save from Esajas before Richard Wood had a strike that flashed just past the post. In the last ten minutes, the crossbar came into play again, when Jimmy Smith's shot rattled it for the third time of the evening. At the other end, an Ian Sharps header from six yards out went just over the bar.
And so to extra time...
Again, Wednesday came out the better but with all their possession they rarely got into the Millers area. Danny Harrison had a fierce shot blocked by Mark Beevers but really neither team seemed to want to go forward until Leon Clarke had a rare run towards goal only for Marc Joseph to bring him down and referee, Mr Miller, had no choice but to send the Millers defender off. Esajas took the resulting free kick and curled it into the bottom corner of the net. But the Millers wouldn't be beaten and with the Owls defence in disarray, Mark Hudson smashed the ball towards goal, only to see it hit the crossbar. In the scramble that followed in the box, Reid pounced on the ball and blasted it over the line for the equaliser and much hugging and kissing in the Millers crowd.
The Owls won the toss and elected to take penalties in front of the Kop.
Skipper, Pablo Mills, stepped up for the Millers to slot the ball past Grant.
Clarke got the Owls equaliser.
Danny Harrison stepped up to make it 2-1 to the visitors.
Esajas, on a hat-trick, rushed his shot and hit the outside of the post.
Mark Hudson then made it 3-1 to the Millers.
The Owls James O'Conner easily scored to make it 3-2.
Andy Todd then made it 4-2 to the Millers.
Sean McAllister scored to keep the Owls in it.
Up stepped Reuben Reid to send the Millers into the next round of the cup and send the Millers fans wild!
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