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EFL Play-Offs: Scunthorpe United and Rotherham United share the spoils

12 May 2018

Scunthorpe United fought back twice to hold Rotherham United and leave this Play-Off tie firmly in the balance after the first leg.

The game burst into life with just over a quarter of an hour played. Richie Towell chipped a lovely ball over the top to the onrushing Jon Taylor, who finished neatly to give Rotherham the lead – one which would not last long.

Just 76 seconds later, Funso Ojo won the midfield battle for Scunthorpe, and Hakeeb Adelakun showed skill and vision to put Duane Holmes in behind. His effort beat the keeper, and Millers defender Michael Ihiekwe could only turn the ball into his own net with his attempted clearance.

The Iron should have completed the turnaround shortly after when captain Rory McArdle latched onto a Josh Morris corner, but his close-range effort struck the crossbar and bounced away to safety.

Scunthorpe started the second half brighter, Ojo denied by a good block and McCardle wasting another golden opportunity with a header straight at Rotherham goalkeeper Marek Rodak.

In the second half, a coming together led to two substitutions. Scunthorpe goalkeeper Matt Gilks was forced off, as was Taylor for the Millers. On came Rory Watson in goal, and Joe Newell was introduced by Paul Warne.

With his first touch, Newell drove an effort beyond Watson to restore Rotherham’s lead following a driving run down the right from Josh Emmanuel. It looked like things would stay that way, but another substitute went on to have the final say.

Cameron McGeehan, introduced for the hosts in the 75th minute, bundled the ball home from a corner 13 minutes later to rescue a draw and leave the tie hanging in the balance.

The pair meet again in Yorkshire on Wednesday evening.

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