Injury time heartbreak for 10-man Rotherham United in FA Cup

Ten men Rotherham United were cruelly knocked out of the FA Cup after a valiant 3-2 loss against Championship side Hull City.

Thursday, 19th December 2019, 10:04 am
Updated Sunday, 5th January 2020, 4:17 pm
Kyle Vassell celebrates with his Rotherham teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the FA Cup Third Round match against Hull City. Photo by George Wood/Getty Images
Kyle Vassell celebrates with his Rotherham teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the FA Cup Third Round match against Hull City. Photo by George Wood/Getty Images

Millers' strikers Michael Smith and Kyle Vassell had put Rotherham in front but Tom Eaves, who had given Hull an early lead, completed his hat-trick in injury time to send the visitors into the fourth round.

Rotherham were forced to play for more than an hour with a man down because of Adam Thompson's straight red card, but were more than worthy of a draw.

The one Millers' change, Vassell, volleyed the first chance of the game after latching on to Smith's ball over the top.

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Hull were ahead on 16 minutes with ex-Millers loanee Eaves on hand to turn the ball in after Dan Batty had burst into the area.

Rotherham's response was quick with Smith smashing them level on 20 minutes after controlling and finishing Chiedozie Ogbene's cross.

Thompson's straight red on 24 minutes handed Rotherham a mountain to climb after the right-back caught Keane Lewis-Potter late.

They managed to take the lead before the break, though, with Vassell smashing in an unstoppable effort from the edge of the box to stun the visitors.

Hull brought on their big guns for the last half hour with Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki adding impetus to their attack. It paid off on 66 minutes when Eaves was on hand to bury Herbie Kane's cross.

Iversen denied Grosicki twice in the final stages with solid saves but the winner came in the second minute of added on time with Eaves again in the right place to power home a header and send Hull through.