Rotherham’s Tom Hitchcock scores a hat-trick as the Millers win 4-3 at Gillingham in League One –
THIS was a day of records for Rotherham United. Substitute Tom Hitchcock's 21-minute hat-trick extended the Millers’ unbeaten run to an impressive 16 games, and ended their winless sequence at the Priestfield which dated back to May 1988.
A play-off place is theirs now, at least, and they leapfrogged Leyton Orient into third after this enthralling encounter against a team who came up with them from League Two last season.
“We’ve got in the play-offs and a lot of managers will be disappointed at their judgement at the start of the season,” said Millers boss Steve Evans. “They made some rubbish predictions because they said we’d fight to stay up.”
The tone of this game was set after just 13 seconds, when United’s top scorer Kieran Agard latched onto Nicky Adams’ cross-turned-shot to give the visitors the lead. It was his 20th of the season.
“They got through us too easily, but if you’re going to go a goal down, you might as well go a goal down that early on, because you’ve got time to get it back,” said Gills manager Peter Taylor.
Come back they did, as Adebayo Akinfenwa levelled the tie half an hour in with his tenth of the campaign, heading home from Bradley Dack’s free-kick.
This galvanised the hosts, and
HAT-TRICK HERO: Tom Hitchcock is mobbed by Ben Pringle after his winner for Rotherham