Rotherham United buckled under the might of Premier League Aston Villa tonight, going out of Capital One Cup at second round stage.
The game - watched by 22,447 fans - had been Steve Evans’ side’s “reward” for beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 in the first round on August 6.
Bit it was no disgrace to go down to a top-flight team of this quality.
The Millers had started the night unbeaten - and their fans were enjoying their visit the surrounds of Villa Park, considering their last away trip was to Crawley.
But they were without Daniel Nardiello, out serving a one-game ban following his sending off in Saturday’s draw with Shrewsbury at the New York stadium.
Tonight was the first time the sides had met in combat since March 1972. Villa won 2-0 in the old Division 3.
And Millers seemed comfortable at the start, repelling advances and staying relatively compact.
Kari Arnason did well to block an effort from Joe Bennett but there were few clear efforts on goal.
On 15 minutes, Christian Benteke placed the ball wide of Scott Shearer’s goal from a good position.
But four minutes later Austrian forward Andreas Weimann made it 1-0 to Villa with a right foot finish.
Gabriel Agbonlahor could have had a second.
But Villa could be rattled, and a foul by Fabian Delph on Lee Frecklington earned the Villa man a yellow card.
Yet 6ft 3ins striker Benteke smade the game secure with a headed goal on 39 minutes, after a cross from Agbonlahor.
The half time whistle provided only a brief refuge for the Millers.
Delph scored from a free kick for 3-0 at 52:42.
The only question was whether Villa could add to their tally, with Jores Okore and Weimann having chances.
Millers’ Michael O’Connor tried his luck with a free kick with 15 minutes to go, but it cleared the bar.
An evening to remember for Millers fans - if not all for the right reasons.
Villa: Steer, Bennett, Vlaar, Okore, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.
Substitutes Guzan, Clark, Lowton, Herd, Sylla, Tonev, Helenius.
Millers: Shearer, Skarz, Arnason, Bradley, Morgan, Frecklington, O’Connor, Pringle, Agard, Revell, Milsom.
Substitutes Collin, Brindley, Rowe, Tidser, Hylton, Tubbs.
Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire.)