Hull City 1 (Mclean 70)
Rotherham United 1 (Ainsworth 52)
After Extra Time
Hull City won 7-6 on penalties
Hull City are through to the second round of the Capital One Cup after defeating Rotherham United 7-6 in a penalty shoot-out at the KC Stadium.
The two sides couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes of action, which saw Aaron Mclean
cancel out Lionel Ainsworth’s stunning opener in a 1-1 draw, with City keeping their cool to win the penalty lottery.
Ben Amos, Abdoulaye Faye and Nick Proschwitz all made their first competitive starts for the Tigers as Steve Bruce looked to kick the season off on a positive note.
Liam Rosenior and Matty Fryatt were also selected in the starting line-up after proving their fitness during the week. After signing a new two-year deal with the Tigers on the eve of the game, Robert Koren captained the side.
Rotherham, backed by a vocal following, threatened first from Kari Arnason’s long throw but Amos was calm under the high ball.
City’s first threat came in the fifth minute when Cameron Stewart broke free on the right side of Rotherham’s box, but his pull-back was blocked behind for a corner which the Millers cleared.
City were looking good and were only inches away from taking the lead when Stewart saw his shot pushed onto the Rotherham crossbar by Scott Shearer.
The visitors then saw a chance come from a corner and after City had failed to clear, Ian Sharps looped a header onto the roof of the net.
A dangerous ball over the top then had Millers’ striker Kayode Odejayi interested. He beat Amos to the bouncing ball on the edge of the box, but could only direct an effort wide of the target.
Proschwitz missed a great chance to put City in front on 26 minutes, misdirecting Rosenior’s neat cut-back from eight yards.
Amos did well to push Ben Pringle’s crisp long-range effort away from goal as both sides continued to look for a breakthrough in the KC sunshine.
Pringle went close again on 33 minutes, sending a curling 25-yard free kick just wide, before Odejayi almost turned Arnason’s long throw into the net, but the ball trickled past the post.
City’s next chance came from a Koren corner, but James Chester’s near-post header flashed wide.
Half Time: Tigers 0-0 Rotherham
The first attack of the second half went Rotherham’s way. Odejayi out-muscled Chester and eventually set up a shooting chance for Daniel Nardiello, but he sent his effort well over from 18 yards.
David Noble then tried his luck from distance, but the drive went harmlessly wide.
Rotherham took the lead on 52 minutes with a stunning strike. The ball was played back for substitute Ainsworth, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, and he smashed a volley from fully 25 yards into the net via the underside of the bar.
Paul McKenna went close to an immediate reply with a drive that deflected only inches wide. From the resulting corner, City couldn’t profit from a goalmouth scramble.
Fryatt then almost brought City level, but his left-foot drive from 18 yards was well turned over by Shearer. Tom Cairney then blast a shot over when the following corner was only cleared to the edge of the box.
City’s first change came on 66 minutes when Mclean replaced McKenna and he made an almost immediate impact.
Just four minutes after emerging from the bench, the substitute brought City level. Good play from Stewart down the left saw him cut the ball back and Mclean was in the right place to profit from a deflection and stab the ball home from close range.
The Tigers felt they should have had a penalty two minutes later when Proschwitz seemed to be bundled over in the box as he looked to get on the end of Rosenior’s cross, but a corner was the outcome. From it, Chester’s goal-bound header was blocked.
Rosenior did some sterling defensive work on 73 minutes to prevent a tap-in for Odejayi with the game well in the balance.
Stewart had a golden chance to win it with six minutes remaining after a stunning pass from Koren, but with time and space inside the box, Stewart dragged his shot across goal and wide.
A burst of pace saw him create a chance for himself as the clock ticked past 90 minutes, but this time he was denied by Shearer.
Rotherham also applied some late pressure, but neither side could win it and so the match went to extra time.
Full Time: Tigers 1-1 Rotherham
The first chance of extra time came Mclean’s way. The striker connected well with a Koren corner, but his header was tipped over by Shearer.
Play switched to the other end where Odejayi had claims for a penalty turned down and Kieran Agard saw a shot held by Amos.
Koren then wasted a chance after Stewart’s pace had carried City to the edge of the Rotherham box.
Towards the end of the first period of extra time, Proschwitz curled just wide from Fryatt’s set-up.
In the second period, Stewart saw a drive from distance go over.
Good work from Fryatt then set up a good attacking situation which also involved Stewart, but when the ball was returned to Fryatt inside the box he was denied by a good covering challenge from Sharps.
Fryatt then had another chance from a City counter attack, but this time he sliced high and wide from ten yards.
Pringle had a great chance to win it for the visitors three minutes from time when the ball fell nicely for the midfielder, but he blazed over from close range.
With neither side scoring in extra time, it was time for a penalty shoot-out.
Full Time After Extra Time: Tigers 1-1 Rotherham
Penalty Shoot-Out (South Stand end)
Fryatt scores for City – 1-0
Noble scores for Rotherham – 1-1
Koren scores for City – 2-1
Mullins scores for Rotherham – 2-2
Mclean scores for City – 3-2
Agard scores for Rotherham – 3-3
Proschwitz scores for City - 4-3
Arnason scores for Rotherham - 4-4
Chester scores for City - 5-4
Pringle scores for Rotherham - 5-5
Stewart scores for City – 6-5
Taylor scores for City – 6-6
Cairney scores for City – 7-6
Bradley hits the bar – 7-6
Ben Amos, Liam Rosenior (Alex Bruce 82), James Chester, Abdoulaye Faye (Paul McShane 74), Joe Dudgeon, Robert Koren, Paul McKenna (Aaron Mclean
66), Tom Cairney, Cameron Stewart, Nick Proschwitz, Matty Fryatt.
Subs Not Used: Mark Oxley, Conor Townsend, Jamie Devitt, Jay Simpson.
Rotherham: Scott Shearer, Laurence Wilson (Jason Taylor 13), Kari Arnason, Ian Sharps, Johnny Mullins, Gareth Evans (Lionel Ainsworth 50), Mark Bradley, Ben Pringle, Kayode Odejayi, Daniel Nardiello (Kieran Agard 77), David Noble.
Subs Not Used: Andy Warrington, Alex Revell, Michael O’Connor, Mitchell Rose.
Referee: Mr D. Sheldrake.