Rotherham United 1:4 Leicester City
City overcame a shaky start at the Don Valley Stadium to comfortably knock Rotherham out of the League Cup thanks to a second half hat trick from teenaged debutante Jeff Schlupp…
Sven Goran Eroksson made eight changes to the side that beat Coventry and they had an uncomfortable opening half hour, with Le Fondre and Harrison attacking the flanks at pace.
Schmeichel made a good save from Pringle but United wouldn’t be denied a deserved 13th minute opener when Mills connected with a low Le Fondre cross from the right and found his own net.
Cresswell almost made it 2-0 to the Millers but Schmeichel produced another fine save.
The tide finally turned towards half time and City equalised in the 36th minute when Waghorn’s free-kick from the right was nodded home by Gallagher.
Rotherham never regained their early momentum in the second half and City took control, as Schlupp produced a sublime performance. In the 53rd minute he put City ahead, winning possession in midfield he charged forward and produced a fine finish to beat Warrington in the Millers’ goal.
Ten minutes later he rose like a salmon to head home a Gallagher cross; and his eighteen minute hat trick was complete in the 81st minute when he reacted swiftly to punish a Warrington error.
Schlupp then set up Waghorn for a chance but he snatched at his effort.
It was game over long before the end and City, with Nugent, Danns and Fernandes on for Konchesky, Mousa and Johnson, played out the match at a friendly pace.
Without going overboard, Sven might just be pondering whether he could save himself the odd £5M on that elusive striker?
Rotherham: Warrington, Newey, Raynes, Cresswell,Harrison, Taylor, Marshall (Tonge 46), Schofield, Pringle (Evans 66), Le Fondre, Grabban (Holroyd 46). Subs Not Used: Bank, Bradley, Foster.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky (Nugent 75), Mills, Ball, Dyer, Oakley, Moussa (Danns 72), Johnson (Fernandes 72), Schlupp, Gallagher, Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Berner, Wellens, Weale.
Referee: Steve Rushton (Staffs). Attendance: 3,717.
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