The FA Cup - Second Round
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Solihull Moors 3-4 Rotherham United: Millers stage stunning fightback

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Solihull Moors 3-4 Rotherham United highlights

Rotherham United staged a stunning fightback to come from 3-0 down to beat non-league Solihull Moors and reach the FA Cup third round.

The National League side looked set to reach round three for the first time in their history when Jimmy Ball tapped in just after the hour following early goals from Jamey Osborne and Alex Gudger.

But the Millers, who had previously barely threatened, scored four times in the final 14 minutes to turn the tie on its head.

Freddie Ladapo started the comeback when he side-footed home before Michael Ihiekwe curled in to give the League One side hope.

Michael Smith then twice headed in crosses by fellow-substitute Chiedozie Ogbene to earn Rotherham a dramatic victory and secure a home tie against Championship side Hull City.

Such a comeback never looked likely at 3-0 as Solihull, 46 places below Rotherham in the league standings, were much the better side for the first 70 minutes as the Millers struggled to match the intensity of their non-league opponents.

The Moors began at a frenetic pace and went in front in the sixth minute through Osborne's half-volley from 18 yards before doubling their lead two minutes later when Gudger side-footed home Lee Vaughan's cross from eight yards as Rotherham appealed in vain for offside.

Ball, who scored four times in the Moors' 5-1 win at Oxford City in round one, then made it 3-0 from Jake Beesley's low cross to seemingly put the tie out of Paul Warne's side's reach.

Even the hope given to Rotherham by Ladapo pulling one back could have been extinguished had Beesley not fired well off target from 15 yards after the ball broke to him kindly.

Instead, within moments it was 3-2 as Ihiekwe struck following an intense spell of Rotherham pressure.

Matt Crooks then hit the post for Rotherham as they pressurised the Moors backline with wave after wave of attack.

That pressure finally told when Smith headed in Ogbene's cross at the far post to level, before the pair combined once again in stoppage time to end Solihull's hopes of at least earning a replay.

Solihull Moors boss Tim Flowers told BBC WM:

"For the most part I'm very proud of the way the lads played. Up until the last 15-20 minutes I thought we were in control of the game.

"I thought we bossed the first half, looked a good side and started like a hurricane. It was a dream start. If you're ever going to play against a team two leagues above yourself, that's the start you want.

"But we knew full well that Rotherham carry a serious sting in their tail.

"I'm gutted because we've thrown away a golden chance to play Hull City in the third round but we've conducted ourselves in a terrific manner."

Rotherham boss Paul Warne told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I'm relieved. We knew Solihull were going to be good. We'd prepared the team as well as we always do, we'd warned them about Solihull's threat and physicality.

"They played really well but for the team to come back from 3-0 to 4-3 gives them great pride.

"We need to improve in a lot of areas, I don't think we were at our best but the opposition were excellent."

Line-ups

Solihull Moors

  • 1BootBooked at 57mins
  • 22Vaughan
  • 24Howe
  • 6Gudger
  • 3Reckord
  • 26Ball
  • 4Storer
  • 14Gunning
  • 7OsborneSubstituted forWrightat 89'minutes
  • 9McCallumSubstituted forBlissettat 75'minutes
  • 30BeesleySubstituted forJonesat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Williams
  • 11Hawkridge
  • 13Blissett
  • 19Wright
  • 28Rowley
  • 29Yussuf
  • 32Jones

Rotherham

  • 1Iversen
  • 22Olosunde
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 5Thompson
  • 15Robertson
  • 14MorrisSubstituted forOgbeneat 54'minutes
  • 11BarlaserSubstituted forCrooksat 66'minutes
  • 8Wiles
  • 18ClarkeSubstituted forSmithat 26'minutes
  • 7Vassell
  • 10Ladapo

Substitutes

  • 12Price
  • 16Lindsay
  • 17Crooks
  • 19Ogbene
  • 23Hastie
  • 24Smith
  • 33Cooper
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
2,317

Match Stats

Home TeamSolihull MoorsAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Solihull Moors 3, Rotherham United 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Solihull Moors 3, Rotherham United 4.

Offside, Rotherham United. Freddie Ladapo tries a through ball, but Michael Smith is caught offside.

Foul by Ben Wiles (Rotherham United).

Callum Howe (Solihull Moors) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Alex Gudger (Solihull Moors) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gavin Gunning.

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United).

Lee Vaughan (Solihull Moors) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Solihull Moors 3, Rotherham United 4. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chiedozie Ogbene with a cross.

Attempt saved. Sam Jones (Solihull Moors) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Blissett.

Substitution

Substitution, Solihull Moors. Daniel Wright replaces Jamey Osborne.

Goal!

Goal! Solihull Moors 3, Rotherham United 3. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chiedozie Ogbene with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Clark Robertson.

Adam Thompson (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Solihull Moors).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jamie Reckord.

Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Ben Wiles.

Substitution

Substitution, Solihull Moors. Sam Jones replaces Jake Beesley.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Alex Gudger.

Goal!

Goal! Solihull Moors 3, Rotherham United 2. Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Smith with a headed pass.

Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Solihull Moors).

Attempt missed. Jake Beesley (Solihull Moors) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jimmy Ball following a set piece situation.

Foul by Matt Crooks (Rotherham United).

Kyle Storer (Solihull Moors) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Solihull Moors 3, Rotherham United 1. Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chiedozie Ogbene with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Solihull Moors. Nathan Blissett replaces Paul McCallum.

Attempt saved. Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Wiles with a cross.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Callum Howe.

Attempt missed. Ben Wiles (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Adam Thompson (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul McCallum (Solihull Moors).

Offside, Solihull Moors. Jake Beesley tries a through ball, but Paul McCallum is caught offside.

Foul by Ben Wiles (Rotherham United).

Jamey Osborne (Solihull Moors) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Alex Gudger.

Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Vaughan (Solihull Moors).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Matt Crooks replaces Daniel Barlaser.

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