Agard’s hat-trick is not enough in Millers thriller

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC v Rotherham United - SkyBet League 1 - 18th April 2014 - Kieran Agard fires home his second goal for the Millers
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC v Rotherham United - SkyBet League 1 - 18th April 2014 - Kieran Agard fires home his second goal for the Millers
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When invited to a party, go and enjoy yourself. If you’re not having a great time, then up and leave.

This was a party the Millers might have walked out on given the choice halfway through. But they had to stay though and ended up playing a considerable part in a remarkable game which had an amazing finale.

They twice came from two goals behind and looked to have dramatically snatched a point two minutes from time only to then concede inside 30 seconds before a sixth goal for Wolves in the seventh minute of stoppage time meant Rotherham lost a game they had fought so hard to save.

It seemed, with ten minutes left, to be all over when Nouha Dicko, on loan with the Millers until Christmas, completed his hat-trick to make it 4-2.

But Rotherham simply refused to give up and after Joe Skarz made it 4-3, up popped Rotherham’s own hat-trick man Kieran Agard in the 88th minute with the equaliser, turning in James Tavernier’s low ball.

The 2,300 Millers fans went daft but virtually straight from the restart, Wolves swept downfield for skipper Sam Ricketts to fire home and cause a pitch invasion.

Even then, deep into stoppage time, Rotherham were throwing everything at Wolves and it was after two Millers corners that Wolves broke out and Kevin McDonald finally settled this astonishing game.

The quality of Dicko proved the difference overall but Rotherham certainly made their mark in the second half and definitely emerged with great credit after earlier feeling the full force of the home side.

So, it was quite some promotion party as Wolves and Molineux’s biggest crowd since 1981 of just over 30,000, certainly enjoyed themselves.

Rotherham led early on through Kieran Agard’s 13th minute header from Michael O’Connor’s corner but that was as good as it got in the first half.

Dicko took over, levelling on 20 minutes when forcing the ball home at the near post from Sako’s cross and his second goal was all about the lightning quick pace and deadly finishing Rotherham fans know all about.

Promoted last week, Wolves were determined to feed off that big crowd and and, as you’d expect, they were relaxed and full of confidence as they overhauled the early deficit and then went 3-1 up through Dave Edwards after Scott Golbourne set him up.

It had ominous overtones for the second half but, Rotherham stunned the big crowd by storming back into the game and showing spirit, fight and plenty of fine football as they hammered away at the best defence in the division.

Haris Vuckic was denied by a brilliant save from 15 yards and then put a header straight at the keeper.

Rotherham’s second half start was rewarded on the hour when Agard fired home on the turn and it was well deserved and no surprise.

They pegged Wolves back until Dicko completed his hat-trick for 4-2 with ten minutes left and set up the amazing finish.