Millers crash out of cup

ROTHERHAM United were sent tumbling out of the FA Cup by rampant Bournemouth at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

 Steve Evans’ side had no answer to a stylish second-half performance from the Championship leaders in which they scored four times without reply to win 5-1.

 After surviving an early scare when veteran Ian Harte’s free-kick rattled the bar, the Millers took the lead from the next attack when Richard Brindley, fresh back from a loan spell at Scunthorpe United, flashed a deflected shot inside the far post.

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 Although the rest first half was even, Bournemouth had already been threatening an equaliser when an impressive passing sequence ended with Yann Kermogant playing in Shaun MacDonald to stab in the equaliser a minute before the interval.

 The visitors never looked back after that. Junior Stanislas rounded Alan Collin to make it 2-1 on 58 minutes and Kermogant’s clever work helped set up Ryan Fraser for the third. With Rotherham pressed back and struggling to hold on, the French striker then struck twice in four minutes to put the tie well and truly beyond reach.

 Although Reece James and substitute Matt Derbyshire both missed good chances to reduce the deficit, few could quibble with the scoreline.

 Millers: Collin, Brindley, James, Morgan, Arnason, Frecklington, Green, Smallwood, Pringle (Skarz 63), Clarke-Harris (Derbyshire 63), Bowery

Bournemouth: Camp, Cook, Gosling, Harte, Smith, MacDonald (Pitman 82), Kermogant, Stanislas (Cornick 71), Fraser (Ritchie 88), O’Kane, Cargill

Referee: N. Swarbrick

Attendance: 5,875 (556 visitors)