Sunday May 25, 2014 Final Finished Wembley

Leyton Orient 2 - 2
(3 - 4)
Rotherham United

  • Odubajo 34’
  • Cox 39’
  • Revell 55’, 60’

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  1. League One - Rotherham promoted after penalty shootout

    League One - Rotherham promoted after penalty shootout

    A dramatic match ended in a penalty shootout, as Rotherham secured promotion to The Championship with a victory over Leyton Orient. More

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    Time:120'
    • Leyton Orient
    • Rotherham United
    • PENS Rotherham are in the Championship. Collin dives to his right and beats away Dagnall's poor penalty. That's it. What an oddly paced play off final. Steve Evans has his tie in his mouth. And on that image, it's time to say goodbye.
    • PENS 4-3 to Rotherham as Smallwood rifles in his shot.
    • PENS Baudry takes for Orient, and the penalty taker has his penalty saved by Collin! 3-3.
    • PENS Tavernier will take the next penalty, and also sends it into the middle. Rotherham 3-3 Leyton Orient.
    • PENS Clarke strides up to his penalty and slots into the corner. Rotherham 2-3 Leyton Orient.
    • PENS Pringle calmly converts as Jones goes to his right. Rotherham 2-2 Leyton Orient.
    • PENS Lundstram fires his penalty into the middle of the goal! Rotherham 1-2 Leyton Orient.
    • PENS Saved! Frecklington's low penalty into the corner is saved by Jones. Still 1-1.
    • PENS Lloyd James sends a great penalty into the corner. Rotherham 1-1 Leyton Orient.
    • PENS Kieran Agard steps up for the first and scores! Rotherham 1-0 Leyton Orient.
    • PENS The coin toss decides at which end the penalties will be taken. I don't know why they don't just alternate ends.
    • 120' That's full time. We're on to penalties.
    • 119' Cuthbert's throw drops and then is worked back to midfield. There's a little time left for a winner. Baudry's shot from the edge of the box is blocked by Arnason.
    • 118' The corner is initially cleared, and then at the second opportunity. Frecklington goes down with some kind of injury as Orient attackw ith Batt on the right. He plays a one-two with Dagnall, and Morgan is across to put the ball out for a throw.
    • 117' Vuckic whips in a shot from distance that deflects of the head of Baudry for a corner on the left.
    • 116' This is nailed on for penalties. What if nobody ever scores a penalty, though? What then?
    • 114' Everyone is exhausted. Steve Evans looks especially tired and emotional.
    • 113' Ping and pong. Bobble and trouble as Rotherham eventually clear out of their box.
    • 112' Brindley comes across to take the ball off Odubajo, conceding a throw. Clarke will take a long throw.
    • 111' GOAL. Not really. Nothing is happening.
    • 109' The ball runs to Dagnall on the edge of the box, and Arnason comes across to save the day with an important challenge, and Collin collects.
    • 108' From the best chance of the first period of extra time.
    • 107' Lundstram replaced Mooney in the interim. The game is now just a series of wild hacks away from the teams' boxes.
    • 106' THIS DOES NOT SLIP. WE GO TO THE SECOND HALF THE SAME. WE GO AGAIN.
    • 105+1' After an uneventful second first half, it's half time of extra time.
    • 105' Revell is subbed, limping off and replaced by Vuckic.
    • 104' Orient win a free kick on the edge of the box after a Pringle foul. A good cross for Clarke, and he sends a powerful header well wide.
    • 103' This looks to be headed to penalties. Will I ever get chance to start the prep for my dinner?
    • 102' A flag up against Mooney, and Vuckic looks to be coming on soon for Rotherham.
    • 100' Odubajo wins a throw on the left after his cross is blocked. Cuthbert comes up to send in a long throw of his own. Eventually Mooney sends a cross out at the back post.
    • 99' I #agree
    • 96' At the other end, Orient go close as Mooney tries to chip the keeper after the ball is cleared by the keeper.
    • 95' Agard uses his strength brilliantly to take Baudry off the ball in the corner, and then wins a throw. Arnason will throw into the box. It's flicked on at the near post, at Cuthbert instinctively turns it towards his own goal, and Jones tips over.
    • 93' Textbook corporate tweeting. Mooney is booked for pulling back Tavernier on the halfway line.
    • 92' The ball drops between Dagnall and Baudry after Dagnall wins it, and Rotherham punt it out wide. Cuthbert takes a long throw which is cleared again.
    • 91' We're off again! I will be starting a justgiving page to make up for the essentially free work I'm doing now.
    • 90+5' The half ends as Pringle slices a shot well over from outside the box. See you in however many minutes the rules dictate.
    • 90+4' One corner is cleared by Rotherham, then another. This looks like to be going to extra time. As the kids say these days: :-(
    • 90+2' Orient have a corner on the right wing. As someone who can only leave the house once the game is finished, I need someone to win this. The corner is cleared.
    • 90+1' There are going to be five minutes of added time. Clarke sends a long ball towards midfield but Rotherham win it back.
    • 90' Frecklington curls in a cross for Agard, and despite having yards of space, he puts a header well wide when he could have glanced it across goal.
    • 89' Odubajo tracks back and rescues what was a dangerous position for Tavernier, bearing down on goal. At the other end Dagnall aims a ball for Vincelot but he can't control and now Pringle breaks forward.
    • 88' Dagnall pulls the ball back but Tavernier gets a toe to it just before Batt closes in. Rotherham dash up the other end, Frecklington crosses to the back post by Agard, but Agard is not Gareth Bale, and Orient have a goal kick.
    • 87' Batt is hacked by Pringle as he attempts to break down the right, and Pringle is booked.
    • 86' #Respect
    • 85' Cuthbert with another long throw, but Baudry is penalised for a foul in the box.
    • 83' Agard gets through on goal after a chasing a ball forward, but his volley is well over the goal. Well wide of it, too.
    • 82' A great tackle from Tavernier on the edge of the box and Rotherham clear now. Orient have the ball back in defence.
    • 80' Revell gets his head on yet another cross, but the keeper collects.
    • 79' Ah, Tavernier was booked for kicking the ball away.
    • 78' Tavernier is booked for... something. James then whips in a box into the corridor of existential misery and Mooney can't quite react in time.
    • 77' Skarz is replaced by Milsom.
    • 76' Sleeve tattoo on the Orient physio. Dearie me. Lisbie is swapped for Dagnall. Skarz is off the pitch to receive treatment for a cut.
    • 75' Frecklington runs onto a flick on from a cross, but is under too much pressure to get a decent shot on goal. At the other end, Batt takes a tumble, but doesn't appeal for penalty, despite the wishes of his fans.
    • 74' Cox is replaced by Batt.
    • 73' Orient just cannot clear the ball, but Rotherham don't have the talent to fully exploit it. Vincelot's desperate lunge clears the ball in the box, and is stood on by Frecklington, possibly deliberately.
    • 71' A hoof forward from Rotherham after Arnason drags Lisbie to the ground as the striker looked to get behind the defence. The referee should give a foul and doesn't.
    • 68' Odubajo gets onto a through ball on the right of the box, and Arnason cuts it out at the near post to concede a corner. Tavernier is fouled as he steadies himself to clear.
    • 67' The game has descended into an evermore frantic type of madness.
    • 65' Lisbie chases a high ball at the back post but it drifts out of play.
    • 64' A booking for Clarke after he fouls Tavernier on the right wing.
    • 63' Some sustained Orient pressure now, but Rotherham leather the ball clear.
    • 60' GOAL! Leyton Orient 2-2 Rotherham. A ridiculous goal from Revell. A long ball drops to Revell, 35 yards out, on the left hand side of the box. He deliberately slices a shot over the keeper and into the net. He then storms towards the crowd in an inverse muted celebration.
    • 59' Odubajo slides into Agard as he breaks down the left wing, and is somehow not booked. Pringle's free kick, from around the halfway line, is out of play.
    • 58' Orient have a free kick on the right. Cox curls it in, and although it drops to the floor Rotherham are able to clear.
    • 55' GOAL! Leyton Orient 2-1 Rotherham. Revell wins a free kick 40 yards from goal. Tavernier curls in the ball and Jones comes out to punch. He makes a total hash of it, it drops to Revell who stabs the ball into an empty net.
    • 54' Thomas is replaced by Brindley.
    • 53' Pringle takes, and curls a shot onto the roof of the net.
    • 52' Orient aren't sitting back and inviting pressure, but it does leave them open to counter attacks. Tavernier sets up an attack, and finds Frecklington who is barged over 25 yards from goal.
    • 50' Tavernier curls a shot just over the top left corner.
    • 49' Baudry clips Revell on the edge of the box. Rotherham have a chance to pull one back with Pringle and Tavernier standing over the ball.
    • 48' Paul Raynor, the assistant manager for Rotherham, has been sent off for rowdy behaviour.
    • 47' Thomas chases onto a short pass over the top, but he's offside.
    • 46' We go again.
    • 45+2' The referee whistles for half time. See you in 15 minutes.
    • 45+1' There will be two added minutes before the end of the half. Collin punts the ball forward. Pringle has a little room outside the area and volleys just over.
    • 45' There won't be much added time this half, and Orient will be looking to get in with a two-nil lead intact.
    • 43' Rotherham have a sustained period of possession now, and try to find an opening. Orient are sensibly happy enough to drop deep and defend now.
    • 41' Cox sends in a deep corner that Baudry powers well over the bar.
    • 40' Cuthbert's cross is cleared for a corner on the right.
    • 39' GOAL! Leyton Orient 2-0 Rotherham United. Cox scores. A long ball forward for Lisbie, it comes to Mooney who heads back to Odubajo on the wing. He looks up, sees Cox at the back post and sends in a low cross for Cox to tap in.
    • 38' Agard is challenged on the byline and Clarke tackles to concede a corner on the right wing. The ball cis whipped in and Jones punches clear. It's put back into the box and Thomas loops the ball high into the air, and Jones can catch this time.
    • 37' Frecklington attempts to tcurl in a shot from distance, but it's in the centre of the goal and easily saved.
    • 36' Odubajo has been booked for his celebration, because he disrobed. Not totally, you understand.
    • 35' GOAL! Leyton Orient 1-0 Rotherham. An excellent goal for Leyton Orient. A high ball into the box is headed out, it comes to Odubajo who takes one touch to tee up a shot, and volleys a great shot high into the net, which is far too well hit for the 'keeper to get close to it.
    • 34' Morgan is fouled for a tug back on Lisbie as he tries to get forward on the left wing.
    • 33' Cuthbert's long throw is cleared, and then hit long. The ball is put out for a Rotherham through on their right wing.
    • 32' Mooney lays the ball off for Odubajo, who skins his marker and sends in a low cross that's cleared for a through.
    • 31' Revell gets to the long ball, but his knock on drops to nobody. It's quite depressing to watch, all told.
    • 30' Cuthbert loses the ball on the wing, Pringle picks it up and drives down the left wing, but Cuthbert is wise to the threat and barges him to the ground. He's booked.
    • 29' The best shot of the half. The ball drops to Mooney on the left hand side of the box, from quite a tight angle. He aims a shot at goal but hits the side netting.
    • 27' Lisbie flicks a ball on in the box to Mooney, but he can't quite reach it and Rotherham send the ball into the midfield. They try a short pass and lose the ball.
    • 26' Thomas is down after challenging for a high ball. He's clutching his head but it doesn't seem too serious.
    • 25'
    • 24' Odubajo sends in a good cross from the right after winning the ball, and Agard wins a foul under a high boot from Cox. Tavernier has another go from distance, which goes wide.
    • 23' Tavernier and Agard attempt a one-two on the edge of the box but have no lock. Mooney then wins a free kick in their own half. I hope there's a long ball soon.
    • 22' The cross is deflected high into the air but Libsie can't get any power on the header.
    • 21' Lisbie draws a foul on the left side of the box, and there's free kick for Orient to send in a dangerous cross. Cox will take.
    • 20' Odubajo bursts towards goal but Smallwood puts in a great tackle to clear the danger. Orient win it back.
    • 19' Cuthbert hurls in a throw which drops to the floor that Arnason clears. Rotherham look to break but Rooney drops deep to cover and intercept.
    • 18' The long ball is aimed at Revell and Orient clear. They have a long throw on the right wing now.
    • 17' Cox gives away a free kick on the wing, and Rotherham will send in another long ball. Is it fun to play like this?
    • 16' Cox is tackled on the edge of the box, allowing Rotherham to kick the ball forward really hard, and Baudry heads the ball out of play. Tavernier has the ball well outside the box, but his well struck shot loses pace after a couple of bounces and is saved easily.
    • 15' A rare spelling from Rotherham in defence leads to a hoof forward to Thomas, who can't bring the ball under control.
    • 14' Odubajo is fouled on the right wing, Orient take it quickly but the cross is overhit and Rotherham win a free kick. Another long ball from the keeper.
    • 13' Revell heads the ball across at the back post, but Orient manage to clear in the end.
    • 12' Long ball. Long ball. Long ball. A foul in the halfway line for Rotherham, and another long ball to come.
    • 11' A long throw from Arnason is headed clear by Cuthbert, and Cox clears it to the halfway line. The ball comes to Frecklington, whose shot from distance is easily saved.
    • 10' Cox sends in a cross from the left, but Mooney concedes a foul with a push in the area. Rotherham will clear it, presumably with another long ball.
    • 9' Rotherham play a long ball in from deep, Thomas gets to the knock down from Morgan but the keeper blocks the shot from close range.
    • 8' The game has quitened down as the players have calmed down a little, and neither side is dominating.
    • 5' Lisbie chases a long ball but Collin is out quickly to collect as Arnason protects his keeper from the run.
    • 4' Oh no.
    • 3' Pringle's delivery is cleared all the way back to the defence, and another long ball forward into Revell, and Clarke bundles him over inside the box. It's an obvious foul and penalty, and nothing is given.
    • 2' Cox sends a long ball forward for nobody down the wing, and Rotherham take control of the ball in defence. A long ball is hoofed forward, and Rotherham have a free kick.
    • 1' We kick off and both sides fail to score in the opening 17 seconds.
    • 14:57 Please be upstanding for the national anthem.
    • 14:55 Yes, I am ready.
    • 14:50 The two Rotherham players who are on loan from Newcastle, Tavernier and Vuckic, have only intermittently impressed this season. Vuckic, oddly, is mainly used as a substitute. That might not be such a problem if the game goes to extra time, where his skill might tell when others around him and against him are more tired.
    • 14:45 Just 15 minutes away from kick off now. I'm going to predict that Leyton Orient win 16-0, because my friend is a Rotherham fan and he's often weirdly content with his lot in life. It would be nice to see that change.
    • 14:40 If you would like to get in touch throughout the match to let me know what you think of your side's performance, or if you are a neutral and simply enjoy abusing journalists on Twitter, then you can do so at @lxndrnthrtn.
    • 14:35 Russell Slade had this to say ahead of the match: "I've been at Wembley and lost and it's not a nice place to be when you get beat. It will only be enjoyable and wonderful if you get the right result. You need to go out there and do the things you are good at. You look at what teams are in the Championship and for Leyton Orient to be there - a small East End club - would be an absolutely magnificent achievement."
    • 14:30 Steve Evans has had his say on his team selection: "It's easy for people to conclude that if the team that started the game against Preston are fit then they will play. I don't think anyone could guess the side we will start with on Sunday. There won't be three or four changes but there could be one or two." He is such a maverick thinker.
    • 14:25 If any man in the world personifies the concept of dignity, it is Steve Evans.
    • 14:20 Rotherham, however, were last in the second division in 2004-5. They were in the fourth division (spit - League Two) just last year, but back-to-back promotions would see them returned to their former glory.
    • 14:15 I hope Ryan Jenkinson isn't playing today.
    • 14:10 It has been 32 years since Leyton Orient were last in The Championship, or whatever you might like to call it (that is, you should call it Division Two, but that's Blair's Britain for you. You can't even call a Marathon a Snickers without being arrested and put in jail).
    • 14:05 TEAMS: Leyton Orient: Jones, Omozusi, Vincelot, Cuthbert, Baudry, Cox, James, Lisbie, Mooney, Odubajo, Clarke. Subs: Sawyer, Larkins, Butt, Bartley, Dagnall. Lundstram, Simpson. /// Rotherham United: Collin, Tavernier, Morgan, Arnason, Skarz, Agard, Smallwood, Frecklington, Pringle, Revell, Thomas. Subs: Shearer, Brindley, Davis, O'Connor, Molsom, Vuckic, Hitchcock.
    • 14:00 Hello and welcome to live coverage of the League One play off between Leyton Orient and Rotherham United, as The Millers aim to finally win La Decima and exorcise the ghost of failure.
  • Summary

    • PENS Rotherham are in the Championship. Collin dives to his right and beats away Dagnall's poor penalty. That's it. What an oddly paced play off final. Steve Evans has his tie in his mouth. And on that image, it's time to say goodbye.
    • PENS 4-3 to Rotherham as Smallwood rifles in his shot.
    • PENS Baudry takes for Orient, and the penalty taker has his penalty saved by Collin! 3-3.
    • PENS Tavernier will take the next penalty, and also sends it into the middle. Rotherham 3-3 Leyton Orient.
    • PENS Clarke strides up to his penalty and slots into the corner. Rotherham 2-3 Leyton Orient.
    • PENS Pringle calmly converts as Jones goes to his right. Rotherham 2-2 Leyton Orient.
    • PENS Lundstram fires his penalty into the middle of the goal! Rotherham 1-2 Leyton Orient.
    • PENS Saved! Frecklington's low penalty into the corner is saved by Jones. Still 1-1.
    • PENS Lloyd James sends a great penalty into the corner. Rotherham 1-1 Leyton Orient.
    • PENS Kieran Agard steps up for the first and scores! Rotherham 1-0 Leyton Orient.
    • 104' Orient win a free kick on the edge of the box after a Pringle foul. A good cross for Clarke, and he sends a powerful header well wide.
    • 95' Agard uses his strength brilliantly to take Baudry off the ball in the corner, and then wins a throw. Arnason will throw into the box. It's flicked on at the near post, at Cuthbert instinctively turns it towards his own goal, and Jones tips over.
    • 93' Textbook corporate tweeting. Mooney is booked for pulling back Tavernier on the halfway line.
    • 87' Batt is hacked by Pringle as he attempts to break down the right, and Pringle is booked.
    • 78' Tavernier is booked for... something. James then whips in a box into the corridor of existential misery and Mooney can't quite react in time.
    • 64' A booking for Clarke after he fouls Tavernier on the right wing.
    • 60' GOAL! Leyton Orient 2-2 Rotherham. A ridiculous goal from Revell. A long ball drops to Revell, 35 yards out, on the left hand side of the box. He deliberately slices a shot over the keeper and into the net. He then storms towards the crowd in an inverse muted celebration.
    • 55' GOAL! Leyton Orient 2-1 Rotherham. Revell wins a free kick 40 yards from goal. Tavernier curls in the ball and Jones comes out to punch. He makes a total hash of it, it drops to Revell who stabs the ball into an empty net.
    • 53' Pringle takes, and curls a shot onto the roof of the net.
    • 50' Tavernier curls a shot just over the top left corner.
    • 45+1' There will be two added minutes before the end of the half. Collin punts the ball forward. Pringle has a little room outside the area and volleys just over.
    • 39' GOAL! Leyton Orient 2-0 Rotherham United. Cox scores. A long ball forward for Lisbie, it comes to Mooney who heads back to Odubajo on the wing. He looks up, sees Cox at the back post and sends in a low cross for Cox to tap in.
    • 36' Odubajo has been booked for his celebration, because he disrobed. Not totally, you understand.
    • 35' GOAL! Leyton Orient 1-0 Rotherham. An excellent goal for Leyton Orient. A high ball into the box is headed out, it comes to Odubajo who takes one touch to tee up a shot, and volleys a great shot high into the net, which is far too well hit for the 'keeper to get close to it.
    • 34' Morgan is fouled for a tug back on Lisbie as he tries to get forward on the left wing.
    • 30' Cuthbert loses the ball on the wing, Pringle picks it up and drives down the left wing, but Cuthbert is wise to the threat and barges him to the ground. He's booked.
    • 29' The best shot of the half. The ball drops to Mooney on the left hand side of the box, from quite a tight angle. He aims a shot at goal but hits the side netting.
    • 11' A long throw from Arnason is headed clear by Cuthbert, and Cox clears it to the halfway line. The ball comes to Frecklington, whose shot from distance is easily saved.
    • 9' Rotherham play a long ball in from deep, Thomas gets to the knock down from Morgan but the keeper blocks the shot from close range.
    • 3' Pringle's delivery is cleared all the way back to the defence, and another long ball forward into Revell, and Clarke bundles him over inside the box. It's an obvious foul and penalty, and nothing is given.
    • 14:05 TEAMS: Leyton Orient: Jones, Omozusi, Vincelot, Cuthbert, Baudry, Cox, James, Lisbie, Mooney, Odubajo, Clarke. Subs: Sawyer, Larkins, Butt, Bartley, Dagnall. Lundstram, Simpson. /// Rotherham United: Collin, Tavernier, Morgan, Arnason, Skarz, Agard, Smallwood, Frecklington, Pringle, Revell, Thomas. Subs: Shearer, Brindley, Davis, O'Connor, Molsom, Vuckic, Hitchcock.

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