The FA Cup - Third Round
RotherhamRotherham United1BournemouthAFC Bournemouth5

Rotherham United 1-5 Bournemouth

Rotherham 1-5 Bournemouth

Championship leaders Bournemouth came from a goal down to thrash Rotherham and move into the FA Cup fourth round.

Richard Brindley's deflected effort put the hosts ahead but Shaun MacDonald pulled the Cherries level with a calm finish just before the interval.

Dan Gosling then fed Junior Stanislas who rounded the keeper and tapped in.

Ryan Fraser made it 3-1 after good work from Yann Kermorgant who then hit two in four minutes, meeting Stanislas's centre and then slotting in a fifth.

Bournemouth had made eight changes for the game, but it did not matter as Eddie Howe's side recorded their fourth successive win since losing 3-1 to Liverpool in their Capital One Cup quarter-final.

Millers not so merry in the FA Cup
Rotherham have won only one of their last 24 FA Cup ties against teams from the top two tiers of English football (won one, drew seven, lost 16)

Rotherham, 19th in the Championship, were aiming to reach the fourth round for only the second time in 22 years and those hopes were raised after Brindley's 10th-minute shot put them ahead, a minute after veteran Cherries full-back Ian Harte had hit the woodwork with a free-kick.

However, they conceded just before half-time as MacDonald slid in an equaliser past goalkeeper Adam Collin, after being played in by Kermorgant following a long spell of possession.

Bournemouth, top scorers in English football's top four tiers, dominated after the break and took the lead when Stanislas, who had shot wide when well placed in the first half, went round Collin and helped the ball into an empty net.

The impressive Kermorgant was again involved as he flicked the ball to Fraser and he shot low into the bottom corner for the visitors' third.

The French striker then made the game safe with a rapid brace, latching on to Stanislas's cross before tapping in a fifth from close range after Collin had saved Steve Cook's powerful header.

Rotherham assistant manager Paul Raynor:

"I think Bournemouth are up there with the best teams we've faced this season. They are playing well and with confidence.

"You have to take defeats from time to time but the manner of the performance second half was not something we're used to seeing. It was a particularly bad day at the office.

"That's not been like we've been in the five or six games."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:

"It was a really enjoyable game to watch and we were clinical in front of goal. We're very pleased.

"A lot of the players haven't had the football that they would want. I thought once we scored our first goal it gave us the confidence to go on and in the second half we played with real freedom."

Line-ups

Rotherham

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 21Collin
  • 2Brindley
  • 4Arnason
  • 20Morgan
  • 31JamesBooked at 74mins
  • 18PringleBooked at 28minsSubstituted forSkarzat 63'minutes
  • 8FrecklingtonBooked at 70mins
  • 33SmallwoodBooked at 66mins
  • 11Green
  • 29Clarke-HarrisSubstituted forDerbyshireat 62'minutes
  • 10Bowery

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 3Skarz
  • 6Wood
  • 16Richardson
  • 17Newton
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 40Yates

Bournemouth

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Camp
  • 15A SmithBooked at 90mins
  • 3S Cook
  • 38Cargill
  • 14Harte
  • 19StanislasSubstituted forCornickat 71'minutes
  • 4Gosling
  • 16MacDonaldSubstituted forPitmanat 82'minutes
  • 32O'Kane
  • 20FraserSubstituted forRitchieat 88'minutes
  • 18Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 2Francis
  • 6Surman
  • 10Pitman
  • 13Wilson
  • 25Flahavan
  • 30Ritchie
  • 34Cornick
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
5,875

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Bournemouth 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Bournemouth 5.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Cornick (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

  7. Booking

    Adam Smith (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

  9. Post update

    Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Matt Ritchie replaces Ryan Fraser.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Richard Brindley.

  13. Post update

    Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Joe Skarz (Rotherham United).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Shaun MacDonald.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Reece James (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  18. Booking

    Reece James (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Reece James (Rotherham United).