EFL Cup - First Round
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Rotherham United 2-1 Lincoln City

Rotherham ensured there was to be no fairytale EFL Cup run for Lincoln City as sub Anthony Forde's effort saw off the Imps at a rain-sodden New York Stadium.

Danny Cowley's side made it to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last season, but Forde's 78th-minute winner, after City midfielder Billy Knott had cancelled out Jamie Proctor's opener, saw last season's National League champions depart in the first round.

Lincoln defender Rob Dickie blocked former Imp Lee Frecklington's effort, before City's debutant goalkeeper Josh Vickers saved from Kieffer Moore.

But Rotherham took the lead after 38 minutes when Proctor unleashed a stinging shot past Vickers from 22 yards.

The Imps nearly equalised when Jordan Maguire-Drew's corner was met by Sean Raggett, whose downward header was scrambled wide.

Millers keeper Richard O'Donnell kept out another Raggett header early in the second half and Vickers then made saves from Moore, Ryan Williams and Michael Ihiekwe.

City sub Ollie Palmer made an immediate impact, his header causing panic in the Millers defence and Knott took advantage to slot the ball home and haul Lincoln level.

Joe Newell brought another save from Vickers, before the Millers won it when sub Forde prodded in Joe Mattock's cross.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Emmanuel
  • 5Ajayi
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 3MattockBooked at 18mins
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forFordeat 63'minutes
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forVaulksat 90'minutes
  • 16Potter
  • 22Newell
  • 9ProctorSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 87'minutes
  • 24Moore

Substitutes

  • 4Vaulks
  • 7Forde
  • 10Ball
  • 11Taylor
  • 18Purrington
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 30Bilboe

Lincoln City

  • 21Vickers
  • 2Long
  • 15Dickie
  • 25RaggettBooked at 55mins
  • 23Eardley
  • 14Maguire-DrewSubstituted forArnoldat 68'minutes
  • 16Bostwick
  • 30Woodyard
  • 26Anderson
  • 11KnottSubstituted forRheadat 82'minutes
  • 10GreenSubstituted forPalmerat 63'minutesBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 1Farman
  • 4Whitehouse
  • 6Howe
  • 8Palmer
  • 9Rhead
  • 12Chapman
  • 28Arnold
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
5,489

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Lincoln City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Lincoln City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Kieffer Moore (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Robert Dickie (Lincoln City).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Darren Potter.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Will Vaulks replaces Lee Frecklington.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ollie Palmer (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Jamie Proctor.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

  14. Post update

    Matt Rhead (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

  17. Post update

    Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Jamie Proctor (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Robert Dickie (Lincoln City).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Joshua Emmanuel.