Rotherham United secured their second win in the Papa John’s cup after they beat Scunthorpe United 4-1 at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Rotherham fielded a solid team and got off to a strong start after eight minutes when striker Will Grigg opened the scoring in their first attack of note. 

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The Millers added their second goal when Grigg’s strike partner Freddie Ladapo scored a well-placed header from a cross from full back Tolaji Bola 20 minutes in.

Scunthorpe tested Rotherham and got a well deserved goal 65 minutes into the match. The Millers failed to clear the ball, which allowed Ryan Loft to score from close range.

After scoring, Scunthorpe continued to apply pressure to Rotherham where possible, but The Millers held firm. 

Rotherham then started to expose gaps in the Scunthorpe defence who were pushing to get an equalizer and at 82 minutes their third goal all-but sealed victory. 

Central midfielder Hakeem Odoffin was the man who scored the goal, drilling it low from outside the box and past the Scunthorpe keeper into the back of the net.

Hakeem Odoffin was man of the match for his performance against Scunthorpe. Credit: Rotherham United.

Before the end of the game, in stoppage time, Rotherham substitute Micheal Smith got on the score sheet and scored his team’s fourth, continuing his fine start to the season. Smith has scored 7 goals and assisted 2 in 11 league games this season.

Throughout the game Paul Warne’s Rotherham side dominated the ball and finished with 64% possession and 76% pass accuracy. 

Despite the domination in possession, Scunthorpe challenged Rotherham and did not make it easy for The Millers.

Rotherham now have two wins from their first two games in the EFL cup, scoring 10 and conceding just one. 

Their next match in the cup is against Manchester City Under 21s, although it is likely that whatever the result Rotherham are through to the next round.

The Millers can now turn their focus back to the league where they have had a strong start to the season, but have some tough fixtures coming up.