Rotherham United 4-2 Sutton United, EFL Trophy Final: report, ratings and verdict


Rotherham United 3-1-4-2



Sutton United 4-4-2

Half Time: 1 - 1 Wembley ( Attendance: 30,688 )
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Sutton United endured EFL Trophy final heartbreak as they fell to an agonising 4-2 extra-time defeat at the hands of League One Rotherham United at Wembley. 

The League Two underdogs started the brighter with David Ajiboye dancing through Rotherham’s defence before finding Will Randall only for the midfielder to drag his effort wide.

However, Sutton’s perseverance paid off on the half-hour mark as Donovan Wilson coolly slotted home following Randall’s excellent pass.

Rotherham then found an unlikely equaliser three minutes before the break when Ben Wiles unleashed an unstoppable strike that Sutton keeper Dean Bouzanis was powerless to prevent. 

Parity didn’t last long though as the Us were back in front three minutes after the break as Craig Eastmond poked home Ajiboye’s cross after seeing his initial attempt blocked. 

The Millers should have equalised when Wiles put Freddie Ladapo through one-on-one – only for Bouzanis to pull out a huge save. 

But just as it appeared Sutton had nullified Rotherham’s threat, Jordi Osei-Tutu fired home from 25 yards out to take the contest into extra-time.

The additional 30 minutes proved too much for Sutton as Chiedozie Ogbene made it 3-2 for Rotherham moments after Harry Beautyman blazed over the bar at the other end.

And Michael Ihiekwe put the game beyond doubt with a header in the 112th minute to end Sutton’s brave resilience.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Jordi Osei-Tutu’s equaliser in the sixth minute of stoppage time absolutely deflated a Sutton side who were on the cusp of glory.

Moan of the Match

Despite the substitutions, it was nevertheless hard to fathom how the referee managed to find seven minutes of stoppage time which ultimately proved too much for Sutton.

Talking Point

After nullifying Rotherham for large periods of the second period, Sutton frustratingly crumbled in stoppage time – did their lack of big game experience come back to haunt them?

Man of the Match

Will Randall – set-up Sutton’s opener and was a constant thorn in Rotherham’s side, leaving everything out on the pitch for the cause.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Seb Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear) – didn’t let the Wembley occasion get the better of him, letting the game flow although seven minutes of stoppage time was hard to take for Sutton.


Sutton’s supporters were initially drowned out by their Rotherham counterparts, but the Amber Army quickly livened up as they got used to the reality of the big occasion.


The final scoreline is an unfair reflection of the game as Sutton can hold their heads up high, nullifying League One high-fliers Rotherham for the majority of the game and so close to Wembley glory.

Line Ups

Rotherham United 3-1-4-2

Johansson; Ihiekwe, Wood, Mattock (Ferguson, 80); Barlaser (Lindsay, 90+4); Ogbene, Rathbone (Harding, 61), Wiles, Miller (Osei-Tutu, 80); Smith, Kayode (Ladapo, 60)

Subs not used:

Chapman, Edmonds-Green



Sutton United 4-4-2

Bouzanis; Kizzi, Goodliffe (Rowe, 73), John, Milsom (Wyatt, 82); Ajiboye, Eastmond (Davis, 82), Beautyman, Randall; Bugiel (Bennett 82), Wilson (Olaofe, 67)

Subs not used:

Nelson, Boldewijn


John, Kizzi

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