The Papa Johns Trophy Final 2022 saw champions Rotherham United set a new record for the most goals scored in a single EFL Trophy campaign.
Paul Warne’s side, who were on the brink of finding the back of the net the most times in the competition, managed 27 goals in total following the conclusion of the showdown at Wembley, when the Millers ran out 4-2 victors over Sutton United.
There’s been some spectacular strikes on show, but we’ve narrowed it down to a top five…
Ben Wiles – Rotherham United 4-2 Sutton United
Rawmarsh-born Academy graduate Ben Wiles took even himself by surprise when he fired in the leveller in the Final.
The homegrown talent, who made his debut in this very competition in 2017, tried his luck from 20 yards, seeing his long-range shot graze the bar on the way in, only for the sound to be drowned out by the cheers of over 10,000 travelling Millers’ supporters.
His strike cancelled out Donovan Wilson’s opener for the U’s, with the score-line standing at a goal apiece heading into the interval.
Chiedozie Ogbene – Rotherham United 4-2 Sutton United
In extra-time, Chiedozie Ogbene took a leaf out of Wiles’ book to hand Rotherham the lead for the first time in the silverware showdown.
A matter of days after netting against the top-ranked side, Belgium, with an overhead-kick whilst on international duty for the Republic of Ireland, the 24-year-old found himself on the score-sheet in a Final at Wembley. Spotting Dean Bouzanis off his line, Ogbene fizzed an effort goalward to make it 3-2 to Rotherham.
Kieran Sadlier – Crewe Alexandra 4-2 Rotherham United
(Round of 16)
Sadlier appeared to be having his own Goal of the Season competition, having bagged a hat-trick against Manchester City Under-21s in the final Group Stage fixture.
The winger, who made the switch to Bolton Wanderers in January, debatably topped that with his effort against Crewe Alexandra in the Round of 16. On the stroke of half-time, with Crewe Alexandra leading 1-0, Sadlier equalised for the visitors. Unleashing a strike from the edge of the area, as became his trademark, with Alex keeper Will Jaaskelainen rooted to the spot.
Hakeem Oddofin – Rotherham United 4-1 Scunthorpe United
(Northern Group E)
Summer signing Hakeem Oddofin notched his first EFL goal in style as Rotherham made it two wins from a possible two to all but book their place in the knock-out rounds.
The defender took aim from distance to make it 3-1. The 23-year-old’s low, drilled effort nestling into the bottom left-hand corner after Kieran Sadlier spotted his team-mate in space. The Millers cruised to a 4-1 win over Scunthorpe United, advancing from the Group Stage having managed 15 goals in three games.
Mickel Miller – Doncaster Rovers 0-6 Rotherham United
(Northern Group E)
The standard was set in the opening game of the campaign, as Rotherham ran out 6-0 winners over neighbouring Doncaster Rovers, marking the biggest-ever away victory over their South Yorkshire rivals
Mickel Miller, who would go on to set Warne’s men on their way to Wembley, netting the decisive spot-kick in the Semi-Final shoot-out against Hartlepool United, gave Millers fans a taste of what to come. The attacker opened Rotherham’s account in the competition, showing his pace to swoop in and intercept a wayward pass from a red shirt, before his looping effort arched over stopper Louis Jones and into the back of the net.
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