Rotherham Win League One Playoff On Penalties

In the League One Championship playoff final at Wembley between Leyton Orient and Rotherham this afternoon, the game went to penalties and it was Rotherham who won the shoot out 4-3, and that was they had been 2-0 down at half time.

Soccer - Sky Bet League One - Play Off - Final - Leyton Orient v Rotherham United - Wembley Stadium

Kevin Lisbie and Chris Morgan in action at Wembley

James Tavernier played the whole game at Wembley and played well, and also scored Rotherham’s fourth penalty, and Haris Vuckic came on just before the end of the first period of extra time.

Rotherham had started the game well but then Leyton Orient came into the game and two goals in five minutes by Orient  put them in the driver’s seat, as Moses Odubajo scored after 34 minutes and Dean Cox after 39 minutes to put Orient 2-0 up at the break.

But then in the second half Rotherham came storming back with two goals in five minutes, and first it was Alex Revell after 55 minutes who poked the ball home after goalkeeper Jones was unable to get to a free kick.

And then the goal of the game five minutes later,  as Revell saw goalkeeper Jones off his line,  and put the ball home from fully 35 yards out.

It was close throughout the rest of the 90 minutes, and in extra time both sides seemed too tired to create any worthwhile chances and it was 2-2 at the end of extra time , and it went to penalties. 🙁

Orient goalkeeper Jamie Jones saved Rotherham’s second penalty from Frecklington – James Tavernier scored Rotherham’s fourth penalty and then Rotherham goalkeeper Collin saved from Baudry, so it was all square after four penalties.

And Rotherham scored their fifth penalty and the Rotherham goalkeeper Collin again saved Orient’s fifth penalty from Dagnall, and so Rotherham were the winners and in the Championship>next season.

This is Rotherham’s second successive promotion under Scottish manager Steve Evans, and of course Conor Newton and perhaps  even James Tavernier will be part of the Rotherham squad next season.

These play-off games are something to behold, and it came after QPR’s ten men won yesterday, with the winner coming after 90 minutes through Bobby Zamora, and they get back into the Premier League at their first attempt.

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