Leyton Orient 2 - 2 Rotherham United

Match info: League One at Wembley

Date: 25/05/2014 KO: 15:00 Ref: Att: 43,401

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Leyton Or

Moses Odubajo 34
Dean Cox 39

2
vs
2

Rotherham

Alex Revell 55,60

FT (ht: 2-0)

Rotherham United win 4 - 3 on penalties.

  • Last Updated: May 25 2014, 20:36 BST

Adam Collin was the hero as he saved two penalties to send Rotherham to back-to-back promotions as they triumphed over Leyton Orient 4-3 on penalties after an enthralling League One play-off final.

Adam Collin saves a penalty at Wembley
Adam Collin saves a penalty at Wembley

Collin kept out efforts from Mathieu Baudry and Chris Dagnall after it had finished 2-2 after 120 minutes to earn a return to the Championship after 10 years away.

It looked like Orient, who led the League One table for 22 weeks of the season, would end their 32-year absence from the second tier as Moses Odubajo and Dean Cox scored in five first-half minutes put them firmly in control.

But the Millers hit back after the break with two goals from Alex Revell, against his former club, sent the game to extra time before Collin's heroics won it for Steve Evans' men, who came up from League Two last season.

It was harsh on Russell Slade's Orient as they played their part in an absorbing game and they had a superb campaign, winning their opening eight matches.

An end-to-end contest was always on the cards as both sides scored freely during the regular season, with the Millers bagging 86 times and Orient 85, but a dour opening half hour did not follow the script.

However, the game burst into life with the first real moment of quality in the 34th minute and it was the highly-rated Odubajo that produced it to break the deadlock.

The Millers failed to clear a free-kick and the ball fell to the 23-year-old 20 yards out. He controlled it and let fly with a left-footed volley that arrowed through a crowd of players and into the top of the net.

Slade's men were on a crest of a wave and Odubajo then turned supplier five minutes later as they doubled their lead.

Some poor defending from James Tavernier allowed the winger to slide the ball across goal for Lee Cox to tap into an empty net.

The Millers desperately needed some inspiration and they almost found it on the stroke of half-time as Ben Pringle unleashed a 35-yard volley that dipped late, but landed on the roof of the net.

  • A Rotherham United fan pictured in the stands at Wembley
  • Rotherham fans pose for a photo ahead of the play-off final
  • Leyton Orient fans make their way to the stadium
  • Elliot Omuzusi and Kieran Agard scrap for possession at Wembley
  • James Tavernier of Rotherham gets away from Romain Vincelot
  • Leyton Orient's Moses Odubajo celebrates after opening the scoring
  • Odubajo's wonderful strike gave Orient the lead
  • The Orient fans are sent into raptures after Dean Cox doubles their lead before the break
  • Alex Revell brings Rotherham back into it with a scrambled goal...
  • ...before unleashing a stunning strike to make it 2-2
  • Revell wheels away in celebration after scoring his second goal of the game
  • Rotherham United manager Steve Evans urges his side forward
  • Orient's Kevin Lisbie reacts after being brought down
  • Rotherham goalkeeper Adam Collin is the hero after the Millers claim a 4-3 win on penalties
  • Collin is mobbed by team-mates after saving the decisive spot-kick
  • Rotherham players celebrate with the play-off trophy
All the best pictures from Sunday's Sky Bet League 1 play-off final at Wembley.

On the back of a verbal rocket from Evans at half-time, no doubt, the Millers finally stirred. Tavernier and Pringle both curled free-kicks narrowly over, before they reduced their deficit from a third set-play in the 55th minute.

Tavernier sent a delivery in which Jamie Jones spilled under pressure and Revell stabbed into an empty net.

If that was an easy goal Revell was to excel himself with his next effort five minutes later as he sensationally made it 2-2 with a goal that overshadowed Odubajo's.

A loose ball fell to him and from 30 yards, he took a touch and fired a looping 35-yard volley over the head of Jones and into the top corner for his 13th of the season and the third against his former club.

Orient were just grateful to weather the storm without further damage but they found their feet and began to threaten, with Kari Arnason's crucial intervention flying just over the bar, while Lloyd James' dangerous cross caused panic.

Evans' men came back and had two good chances to steal it in normal time, but top scorer Kieran Agard fired wide with a first-time effort and then headed over.

Extra time was low on quality meaning it was decided by penalties.

Jones put his side in the ascendency with a low save to keep out Lee Frecklington's effort, but Collin rescued his side with two saves to send the Millers into ecstasy.

The sponsors make Evans' side 40/1 to win the Sky Bet Championship next season, while they are 14/1 to claim a third straight promotion and 2/1 for relegation back to League 1.