ROTHERHAM United grabbed a dramatic victory in stoppage time to break the hearts of 10-man Cardiff at the New York Stadium.
Chris Maguire hit a low cross from the right and fellow substitute Emmanuel Ledesma slid in with Matthew Connolly to tuck the ball home at the near post to give the Millers their first Championship win of the season.
Both first-half goals had come from the penalty spot shortly before the interval, Cardiff having goalkeeper David Marshall sent off for kicking Millers striker Matt Derbyshire.
Steve Evans had handed home debuts to goalkeeper Lee Camp and Norwich loanees Odjidja-Ofoe and Tony Andreu, who played behind a front two of Derbyshire and Jonson Clarke-Harris.
Derbyshire almost teed up his partner in the 32nd minute after latching on to a mistake from Connolly and squaring the ball just out of reach of his partner.
But the Millers went ahead in the 43rd minute when goalkeeper Marshall was shown a straight red for petulantly kicking out at Derbyshire, who had prevented him from throwing the ball out of his area, though he escaped a booking.
Joe Mason was sacrificed for Simon Moore but he was sent the wrong way as Belgian Odjidja-Ofoe tucked home the penalty.
The drama continued in stoppage time when former Manchester United full-back Fabio burst into the area seeking a return from Peter Whittingham and went down theatrically under Farrend Rawson’s challenge to win a penalty.
The Millers player was booked and Whittingham drilled the spot-kick down the middle past Camp to make it 1-1 at the break.
Cardiff sat back after the break but the Millers conjured chances.
Clarke-Harris had a volley saved at the foot of the post; Buxton headed over and had a close-range shot blocked and Derbyshire headed straight at Moore and flicked over a cross from substitute Emmanuel Ledesma.
Rawson, too, could also only divert a fierce cross from Derbyshire over the bar with a brave snap-header.
And in stoppage time Joe Newell’s fierce volley struck the post after Lee Peltier had headed out Buxton’s cross.
The Millers were not to be denied, however, and Ledesma proved the hero.
Evans said after his bottom-placed team’s first league success: “The win has been coming for me.
“I think if it would have been anything other than a win it would have been a travesty. We’ve been the best side by a million miles from the first minute.
“The referee has got the two big decisions right.
“We played some super football and played on the front foot and as Rotherham United under Steve Evans. That was more like us.
On Marshall’s dismissal, Evans added: “You can’t kick out. He’s been a bit foolish and he’ll be disappointed with that.
“I thought we were battering them at 11 versus 11. They showed no interest in going forward in the second half and were camped behind the ball.
“The question was in the second half could we get the goal that our momentum deserved? You think it’s not going to be our day.
“I think we were fantastic. We beat a top side full of quality players. We gave them a bit of a hiding.”
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