ROTHERHAM United dumped big city rivals Sheffield Wednesday out of the Capital One Cup on a memorial night at the New York Stadium.
A vociferous crowd of more than 11,000 saw the Millers clinch a deserved 2-1 win as the out-battled visitors ended the game with ten men.
Ben Pringle opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a rasping angled drive before Wednesday equalised midway through the half via Rhys McCabe’s long, raking free-kick.
The strike took the wind out of the Millers but they regained the lead on 38 minutes with Lee Frecklington’s third goal in two games and it was another sweet effort, lifted beyond the dive of Chris Kirkland.
Winning the major battles all over the park, Steve Evans’ side deserved their half-time lead and Wednesday walked off to boos.
Rotherham repelled everything the visitors could throw at them in the second half and the tie took another twist 13 minutes from time when Jermaine Johnson was sent off for an attempted headbutt on Pringle.
The Millers then saw out five minutes of stoppage time to trigger the celebrations.
Millers: Shearer, Bradley, Skarz, Morgan (capt), Arnason, Agard (Noble 90), Frecklington (Tidser 72), O’Connor, Pringle, Revell, Tubbs (Worrall 81)
Wednesday: Kirkland, Palmer, Floro (Maguire 70), Gardner (capt), Antonio, Zayatte, Maghoma (Johnson 58), Prutton, McCabe, Helan, Nuhiu (Madine 52)
Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire)
Attendance: 11,433 (2,516 visitors)