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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
  • 23R WilliamsSubstituted 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'minutes

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

Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Lincoln City 1.

Full Time

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

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

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

Foul by Robert Dickie (Lincoln City).

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Darren Potter.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Will Vaulks replaces Lee Frecklington.

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

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

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City).

Substitution

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

Foul by Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

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

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

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

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

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

Foul by Robert Dickie (Lincoln City).

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Joshua Emmanuel.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Matt Rhead replaces Billy Knott.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 2, Lincoln City 1. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Mattock.

Attempt missed. Sean Long (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Nathan Arnold.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kieffer Moore (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Nathan Arnold.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Nathan Arnold replaces Jordan Maguire-Drew because of an injury.

Jamie Proctor (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Long (Lincoln City).

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

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 1, Lincoln City 1. Billy Knott (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Ollie Palmer replaces Matt Green.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Anthony Forde replaces Ryan Williams.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Josh Vickers.

Attempt saved. Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Harry Anderson.

Attempt saved. Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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