rotherham United stormed to a 4-0 victory over Yorkshire rivals Bradford City at a packed New York Stadium. .
There was a terrific atmosphere and how it erupted just a minute in to salute a fantastic long range goal from MICHAEL O’CONNOR.
Pringle helped the ball on in midfield to O’Connor. He took a touch, moved forward and with everyone expecting him to look for a pass, he took aim and from around 35 yards struck a superb right foot shot which flew beyond the diving Duke’s right hand.
The Millers fans - Howard Webb among them - were up on their feet roaring their acclaim amidst a cacophony of noise.
There could not have been a better start for Rotherham in this clash with another of the strongly fancied sides.
And Bradford instantly showed why they are in that category by hitting back strongly and they would have equalised but for superb work from Shearer.
Hanson challenged in the air and Wells pounced 10 yards out but Shearer got down very well to turn the ball aside.
City had come back well after the early blow but then the Millers produced the best response possible when they went two up and it was sheer delight for former Bradford man EVANS.
Pringle and O’Connor were involved down the left. The centre just cleared Nardiello but fell nicely for Evans closing in on the right and he struck a powerful shot from 16 yards before running behind that goal to celebrate in front of the stunned Bradford fans filling that end.It got even better for the Millers on 34 minutes when they went three up and another fine strike it was.
Odejayi challenged in midfield and as the ball ran loose PRINGLE swooped to claim possession and move towards the area. He touched it aside on to his left foot before measuring a superb effort from 22 yards beyond the diving Duke.
Rotherham were looking to take the sting out of things to prevent Bradford setting any tempo. But they could have done without Evans picking up a needless booking for a foul.
The opening period was in marked contrast to the first half but Rotherham were close to a fourth goal just before the hour.
Things got heated on the touchline after a challenge on Wilson by Atkinson which a linesman spotted.
Rotherham then had a great opportunity for the fourth goal.
Nardiello skilfully turned past Oliver, his low shot came off keeper Duke at the near post and ran away towards Evans only for him to blaze his effort into the Millers fans behind that goal.
Boss Steve Evans produced his keepy-uppy skills again to great acclaim but he cut it short at four this time!
O’Connor’s 18 yard volley brought a superb save from Duke.
With five minutes left EVANS, from 18 yards, put the seal on a great win.