Rotherham thrashed fellow promotion hopefuls Sunderland 5-1 at home, which saw them leapfrog Sunderland in the league table to sit in fourth position.

Rotherham, who haven’t beaten Sunderland since 1962, took the lead in the 10th minute when striker Michael Smith glanced in a header from Freddie Ladapo’s clever chipped cross.

Sunderland responded in the 24th minute when, after a well-worked move, Ross Stewart cut inside from the left wing to finish past The Millers goalkeeper, Josh Vickers, to equalise, sending the 2601 visiting Sunderland fans into delirium behind the goal.

Rotherham retook the lead just before halftime, when Ladapo made a darting run across the near post to steer home Smith’s cross.

Rotherham made it 3-1 in the 53rd minute, when captain Michael Ihiekwe headed home from Shane Ferguson’s corner to score his second goal in two games.

Only three minutes after going 3-1 down, Sunderland were reduced to ten men, when the most experienced player on the pitch, Aiden McGeady, was shown a second yellow card for a reckless slide tackle on Millers defender Wes Harding.

The game was put beyond doubt in the 73rd minute when Smith headed in Armani Edmonds-Green’s cross to score his second goal of the game, and twelfth league goal of the campaign, making him the highest scoring player in League One this season.

With two minutes on the clock remaining, Joshua Kayode intercepted a weak back pass, before squaring it to Ladapo who got his second goal of the game.

After the game, Rotherham manager, Paul Warne, said: “Today was an example of us being at our very best.” 

 “It was a really good win against a good Sunderland team, who are well-coached and organised.

“I thought we played well today. I thought we were really good. Obviously it’s nice to score that amount of goals at home.”

Next up for Rotherham in Charlton away on Tuesday the 2nd of November.