Adam Le Fondre struck his sixth goal of the season to give Rotherham a Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round win against Lincoln.
Chances were at a premium throughout as Kevin Ellison saw Imps keeper Joe Anyon save his 30-yard free-kick - the only effort on target in the first half.
Le Fondre finally broke the deadlock with a shot that deflected off Moses Swaibu past Anyon.
He then had a shot blocked on the line as the Millers pushed for a second.
Rotherham manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I thought first half we were a bit sloppy and once we upped the tempo in the second half, there was only going to be one winner.
"We gave the ball away too cheaply but overall it was a good workout for us.
"The big moments in the game didn't go our way and we contributed to them not going our way."
Lincoln City manager Chris Sutton told BBC Lincolnshire: "Did we deserve to lose? Probably not, but it was a soft goal to concede.
"We have to have more steel and make sure we win more of these sorts of games than we lose.
"We're not doing things massively wrong, we lost by a deflected goal but we did lose so we're disappointed.
"I still think we can improve our service to the front men but I'm not distressed with the way we're performing. It would be nice for a deflected goal to go our way but having said that we had a couple of chances and didn't take them."
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Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Le Fondre 47
22 Geohaghan (Ashworth 47 yellow card)
10 Le Fondre (Green 86)
24 Ani (Warne 65)
02 Green (Facey 39)
05 Swaibu yellow card
08 Keltie (Adams 76)
Ref: CooteAtt: 1,677
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:05 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
90:00+2:43 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Ellison. Joe Anyon takes the indirect free kick.
90:00+1:46 Scott Kerr produces a cross, save made by Jamie Annerson.
90:00+1:00 Foul by Paul Warne on Adam Watts, free kick awarded. Joe Anyon takes the free kick.
89:37 Corner taken left-footed by Joe Anderson, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Annerson by Josh O'Keefe. Free
kick taken by Jamie Annerson.
88:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Warne by Nathan Adams. Indirect free kick taken by Tom Newey, The ball is
delivered by Jamie Green.
87:21 Paul Warne takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Adams.
86:43 The ball is delivered by Nicky Law, Adam Watts makes a clearance.
85:09 Substitution Jamie Green comes on in place of Adam Le Fondre.
82:58 The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Hutchinson. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Annerson.
82:40 The ball is delivered by Adam Le Fondre, save by Joe Anyon.
82:04 Short corner taken by Paul Warne from the left by-line.
81:58 The ball is swung over by Adam Le Fondre, Adam Watts makes a clearance.
81:01 Booking Caution for Moses Swaibu.
80:48 Foul by Moses Swaibu on Adam Le Fondre, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Taylor.
79:52 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Anyon.
78:29 Nicky Law delivers the ball, clearance made by Moses Swaibu.
77:18 Jason Taylor takes a shot. Save by Joe Anyon.
76:37 Scott Kerr challenges Nicky Law unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Annerson.
75:15 Substitution Clark Keltie leaves the field to be replaced by Nathan Adams.
75:03 Effort from just outside the area by Andrew Hutchinson goes over the target.
73:58 The ball is sent over by Tom Newey, Joe Anderson manages to make a clearance.
73:21 Delroy Facey fouled by Nicky Law, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Anyon takes the indirect free kick.
69:54 Clark Keltie fouled by Tom Newey, the ref awards a free kick. Clark Keltie restarts play with the free kick.
68:44 Paul Warne decides to take a short corner.
68:37 The ball is sent over by Paul Warne, clearance made by Moses Swaibu.
68:11 Adam Le Fondre takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Anyon.
66:52 Booking Booking for Luke Ashworth.
66:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Ashworth on Delroy Facey. Clark Keltie restarts play with the free kick.
66:01 Moses Swaibu fouled by Paul Warne, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Anyon.
63:56 Substitution Paul Warne on for Jeremiah Ani.
61:42 Clark Keltie delivers the ball, clearance by Luke Ashworth.
61:08 Corner taken by Clark Keltie from the left by-line.
61:00 Delroy Facey produces a cross, clearance by Ryan Cresswell.
60:28 Nicky Law sends in a cross.
58:03 Effort from inside the area by Ryan Cresswell misses to the left of the goal.
57:19 Kevin Ellison takes the inswinging corner, save by Joe Anyon.
55:24 Cross/shot by Kevin Ellison, save made by Joe Anyon.
Correction - 52:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Moses Swaibu on Adam Le Fondre. Indirect free kick taken by Kevin Ellison.
52:34 Foul by Moses Swaibu on Adam Le Fondre, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kevin Ellison.
51:49 Nicky Law delivers the ball, Kevin Ellison takes a shot. Joe Anyon makes a save.
46:18 Adam Le Fondre provided the assist for the goal.
46:18 GOAL - Adam Le Fondre:Rotherham 1 - 0 Lincoln City Adam Le Fondre gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rotherham
1-0 Lincoln City.
46:17 Substitution Exodus Geohaghon goes off and Luke Ashworth comes on.
45:29 Tom Newey crosses the ball, Header by Kevin Ellison from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:00+2:15 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
45:00+2:06 The ball is delivered by Danny Harrison, clearance made by Scott Kerr.
45:00+1:05 The ball is crossed by Nicky Law, Scott Kerr manages to make a clearance.
45:00+0:23 Clark Keltie crosses the ball, Exodus Geohaghon manages to make a clearance.
44:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Mullins on Delroy Facey. Joe Anderson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance
by Ryan Cresswell.
44:23 Adam Le Fondre takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
42:29 Corner taken by Scott Kerr, Josh O'Keefe produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
42:19 Centre by Delroy Facey, clearance by Exodus Geohaghon.
40:15 Scott Kerr fouled by Jason Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Clark Keltie from
right channel, clearance by Johnny Mullins.
38:28 Substitution Paul Green goes off and Delroy Facey comes on.
33:50 Centre by Kevin Ellison, Jeremiah Ani has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
32:17 A cross is delivered by Johnny Mullins, blocked by Scott Kerr.
31:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre by Moses Swaibu. Ryan Cresswell takes the free kick.
28:55 The ball is crossed by Adam Le Fondre. The offside flag is raised against Jeremiah Ani. Joe Anyon restarts play with the free
Correction - 27:25 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Kerr. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Clark Keltie.
27:25 Outswinging corner taken by Scott Kerr. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Clark Keltie from the left by-line.
27:01 Cian Hughton crosses the ball, Jason Taylor manages to make a clearance.
25:01 Unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre by Josh O'Keefe results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Kevin Ellison from the free
23:44 Tom Newey delivers the ball.
20:56 Effort on goal by Andrew Hutchinson from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
20:10 Moses Swaibu challenges Adam Le Fondre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Exodus Geohaghon takes the indirect free kick.
19:37 Adam Le Fondre fouled by Moses Swaibu, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Taylor.
17:05 Jeremiah Ani is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Anyon.
15:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeremiah Ani on Paul Green. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Anyon.
12:57 Danny Harrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Kerr. Scott Kerr produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
12:13 Scott Kerr produces a cross, clearance made by Ryan Cresswell.
10:22 Adam Le Fondre fouled by Scott Kerr, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Cresswell delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed
from right channel, Scott Kerr manages to make a clearance.
9:18 Foul by Exodus Geohaghon on Ben Hutchinson, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Clark Keltie.
8:19 Shot from just outside the box by Ben Hutchinson misses to the left of the goal.
6:09 Foul by Adam Watts on Adam Le Fondre, free kick awarded. Kevin Ellison has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Joe Anyon
makes a save.
5:41 Andrew Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Exodus Geohaghon. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Annerson.
4:58 Jeremiah Ani is ruled offside. Joe Anyon takes the indirect free kick.
3:30 Ben Hutchinson challenges Johnny Mullins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Exodus Geohaghon takes the indirect free kick.
Correction - 0:18 Scott Kerr has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
0:18 Scott Kerr has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
0:00 The referee starts the match.
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