Rotherham dominated the start of the first half, sending in countless long balls to Alex Revell, but Orient were able to defend solidly with Scott Cuthbert and Mathieu Baudry, with no clear chances falling to Rotherham's strikers. Rotherham were disappointed that the referee missed an obvious foul in the box on Revell by Nathan Clarke after just three minutes, and assistant manager Paul Raynor was sent off at half-time for protesting the decision.
Having seen off the initial aerial bombardment, Orient grew into the game and focussed their attacks down the flanks, with their strikers flicking on balls for the wingers to chase. The breakthrough came when Kevin Lisbie won a free-kick on the left wing. The cross was cleared and fell to Moses Odubajo, who took one touch and volleyed spectacularly into the roof of the net.
Five minutes later, Odubajo set up the second, chasing a flick-on from Dave Mooney and sending a cross to the back post for Dean Cox to tap in.
Rotherham impressed in the second half, playing with a determination that they have shown throughout the season, and pulled one back early in the first half after a Jamie Jones mistake led to the ball dropping to Revell, leaving him with an open goal to poke the ball home. Five minutes later, Revell had two, equalising with an absolutely brilliant 35-yard volley over the keeper.
Extra time was ominously quiet, with the game heading inexorably to penalties. Rotherham were the first side to miss, but with the last two Leyton Orient penalties missed by Baudry and then Chris Dagnall, it was Rotherham who secured promotion. After two successive promotions, it would not be beyond the ebullient character Steve Evans to take his side into the Premier League.
3' - PENALTY CLAIM: Revell is bundled over by Clarke in the box, and neither the referee nor linesman award what was an obvious penalty.
35' - ODUBAJO SCORES: A high ball is sent into the Rotherham box. The ball is initially cleared, but it comes to Odubajo on the edge of the area. He tees himself up with one touch, and fires it high into the goal with his next.
39' - COX SCORES: Odubajo chases onto a flick-on and aims a low cross to the back post, where Cox runs in to tap in.
HALF TIME - Rotherham's assistant manager, Paul Raynor, is sent off for protesting the penalty dispute too stridently.
55' - REVELL SCORES: Jones flaps at a cross from Tavernier, the ball drops to Revell and he stabs into an empty net.
60' - REVELL SCORES: With the ball falling to him 35 yards out, Revell spots the keeper off the line and blasts a brilliant volley over his head to equalise.
95' - JONES SAVE: Cuthbert turns the ball towards his own goal after meeting Arnason's long throw, but Jones tips over brilliantly.
THIRD PENALTY - JONES SAVE: Frecklington's low penalty is saved to leave Orient with the advantage with the score at 1-1.
EIGHTH PENALTY - COLLIN SAVE: Baudry takes a slow run-up and has his penalty saved to leave the scores even at 3-3.
NINTH PENALTY - SMALLWOOD SCORES: Richard Smallwood rifles in his penalty to leave it all down to Dagnall at 4-3.
ROTHERHAM ARE PROMOTED - DAGNALL'S PENALTY SAVED: Dagnall delivers an easily-saved penalty for Collin to beat away, and Rotherham win 4-3 on penalties to secure promotion.
Can Steve Evans make it three for Rotherham? Rotherham have been well funded this season and have duly been promoted. Evans was used to financial backing at Crawley Town, and is confident enough to potentially take Rotherham into the top half of The Championship next season, if not achieve even better results.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Alex Revell (Rotherham United): With Rotherham apparently down and out after half-time, trailing by two goals, it was Revell's intervention that was vital. First he pulled one back with a poacher's effort, stabbing home into an empty net, and then equalising with a brilliant volley from 35 yards out to chip Jones just off his line.
Leyton Orient: Jones 6, Omozusi, Vincelot 6, Cuthbert 6, Baudry 6, Cox 6, James 5, Lisbie 6, Mooney 6, Odubajo 7, Clarke. Subs: Batt 6, Dagnall 5, Lundstram 6.
Rotherham United: Collin 6, Tavernier 6, Morgan 6, Arnason 6, Skarz 6, Agard 6, Smallwood 6, Frecklington 5, Pringle 5, Revell 8, Thomas 5. Subs: Brindley 6, Milsom 6, Vuckic 6.
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