Full-time: Leeds United 2 Rotherham United 0

Joe Newell in possession against Leeds

Joe Newell in possession against Leeds

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Rotherham United's FA Cup curse continued as they paid the price for conceding yet again on the stroke of half-time, at Leeds United.

It's now 14 years since the Millers have made it past the third round after they fell to Mustapha Carayol's stunning 45th-minute long-range thunderbolt.

Richie Smallwood

Richie Smallwood

The winger, making his debut on loan from Middlesbrough, struck from out on the left with just seconds of the first half remaining, and that's the eighth time this season Rotherham have given away a goal close to the interval.

Neil Redfearn's men had had the better of a first half of few chances, with new boy Aimen Belaid showing up well at centre-half.

They stayed in the game throughout the second half but never really looked like scoring and Souleymane Doukara wrapped up victory in the 90th minute, tapping in after a mix-up between right-back Frazer Richardson and goalkeeper Lee Camp.

Redfearn had handed a debut to Tunisian international Belaid, whose signing was confirmed yesterday, and brought Richardson back into the side after concussion, with Shay Facey moving into midfield where there was a first start for two months for Paul Green.

Central defender Kirk Broadfoot captained the side in the absence of injured skipper Lee Frecklington.

It was an uninspiring game decided by one moment of supreme quality and one needless misunderstanding.

The Millers, hit badly by injuries, can console themselves with the fact that they won at Elland Road in November when league points were at stake and the result mattered more.

Leeds United (4-4-2): Silvestri; Coyle, Bellusci (Bamba 79), Cooper, Taylor; Byram, Bridcutt, Murphy (Cook 88), Carayol (Dallas 74); Antenucci, Doukara. Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell, Wootton, Phillips, Bianchi.

Rotherham United (4-2-3-1): Camp; Richardson, Broadfoot, Belaid, Mattock; Green, Smallwood; Facey (Clarke-Harris H-T), G Ward (Derbyshire 78), Newell; D Ward (Ledesma 57). Subs not used: Cairns, Collins, Thorpe, Warren.

Goals: Carayol 45, Doukara 90 (Leeds).

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

Attendance: 16,039.

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