Rotherham secured their return to the second tier by beating Leyton Orient 4-3 on penalties after an enthralling 2-2 draw in the League One play-off final.
Moses Odubajo gave Orient the lead with a brilliant 25-yard volley before his low cross set up Dean Cox to tap home.
Alex Revell stabbed home from close range to make it 2-1, before levelling with a stunning 30-yard strike.
The O’s were 3-2 ahead in the shootout before Adam Collin saved penalties from Mathieu Baudry and Chris Dagnall.
Orient looked on their way to ending a 32-year absence from the second tier after Lee Frecklington had missed his spot-kick.
But, with James Tavernier and Richard Smallwood both finding the net with their attempts, keeper Collin’s heroics sealed a dramatic victory and a second successive promotion for Steve Evans’s side.
The dramatic shootout had followed an entertaining game, which saw both sides playing some decent attacking football.
Rotherham had the best chances early on, with Wes Thomas seeing a scuffed shot saved by Jamie Jones before failing to connect with a dangerous James Tavernier free-kick.
It really was a cracking game. The Millers have had a rough old time of it over the last few years, but what Tony Stewart and Steve Evans have done – it’s an amazing turnaround for a club that was homeless and bankrupt not that long ago. The New York Stadium is stunning and compared to Millmoor well, there really is no comparison between the two. Mr Stewart said he believed the club should be playing in the Championship, not struggling to survive in League 2. Bringing Steve Evans in really has been a master stroke. Lots of people complained about Evans at the start, they didn’t like his shouty style. But they can’t complain about the results – Evans has a 50% win ratio at Rotherham, something even Premiership managers can only dream of. Promotion from FL2 to FL1 in his first season in charge and the first in the clubs new home, followed by promotion again this season (one of the clubs best ever in my view). Nobody could have predicted it, you really couldn’t write it, but Mr Stewarts wish has come true much faster than anyone would have predicted.
So on behalf of Millers fans everywhere congratulations to all at Rotherham United and a massive thank you to Tony Stewart for the new stadium, for saving the club and making it into the success story it is today, Steve Evans for his vision and instilling that never say die attitude into the players,and the players themselves who have been stellar all season. You all deserve a medal.
Premiership next? Some will say that’s a bridge too far for Rotherham. With this team, this manager and this chairman I say anything is possible. Up the Millers 🙂