Sir Eddie Howe made eight changes from the last game, with only Cook, Smith and Kermorgant surviving from the starting 11 at Millwall.
The rain desisted and although cold there were blue skies as the home team kicked off this third round fixture between two Championship sides. Playing in blue the Cherries made a somewhat disjointed start to the game with passes going astray and Rotherham pressing high.
The first real chance came to Bournemouth after nine minutes, when a home defender ploughed in on the edge of the area, giving Harte the chance to take a pop. He had to fight off both Kermorgant and Stanislas to take the chance and it so nearly paid off when his shot rapped the bar with the home keeper beaten.
Within a minute Rotherham had taken the lead when a weak cross cum shot beat everybody and just crept through everybody to find the net. At that stage the home team were well on top and the Cherries just couldn`t get or hold on to possession.
Stanislas had a one on one chance to equalise but somehow managed to miss, badly. He and O`Kane were particularly profligate with their passing. On a positive note both Cook and Cargill were having blinders and Smith`s runs were causing the home team problems.
After playing a pressing game for most of the half Rotherham simply ran out of puff and pulled back to defend. Just before half time, after 5 minutes of constant pressure, the Cherries got their equaliser when a neat through ball found McDonald, who showed how you should beat the keeper in a one on one.
Half Time Rotherham 1 AFCB 1
The second half was a master class of passing football and Rotherham, who looked a good side early on, just wilted under extreme pressure.
Time after time through balls caught the home team defence out and four goals in 13 minutes ended the game as a contest.
First, Stanislas got it right for the first time in the match when he rounded the keeper to slip the ball into the net.
Bournemouth`s third quickly followed when an outrageous back heel from Yann put the Wee Man in for a great goal when he calmly slid the ball under the keeper.
The provider then became the scorer for the next when Kermorgant smacked home a good Stanilas cross.
The final goal followed an outstanding save from the home keeper, when he kept out a stunning header from his own defender. Unfortunately for him the ball fell to Kermorgant, the poacher, who knocked it in at the far post.
The game was over as a contest but there was still time for Rotherham to miss three or four good chances to reduce the deficit. Towards the end the Cherries played ‘Olé football` with the home team chasing shadows.
Camp 7 Didn`t have a lot to do really but perhaps could have done better with the goal. That might be harsh though
Smith 8 I thought he was outstanding in the first half with penetrating runs. Defended well too.
Cook 9 Outstanding.
Cargill 9 Matched his captain. Very composed. Didn`t put a foot wrong.
Harte 8 Composed. Very unlucky with his free kick.
Stanilas 7 I thought he had a nightmare in the first half. Fluffed a good chance and passing was poor. The goal clearly had a big effect on his confidence. Different player second half
Gosling 8 Quiet and efficient. His through ball for the second goal was brilliant.
McDonald 7 Calmly took his goal and kept the ball flowing in midfield
O`Kane 6 He has never been my favourite player and although he got better as the game went on he still gave the ball way too cheaply for me
Fraser 8 Buzzed around all game and not always on the wing. He took his goal very well.
Kermorgant 9 Two goals and two assists will make it difficult for the boss to leave him out next week.
For 35 minutes in the first half we were decidedly the second best team but as Rotherham tired and our confidence grew we were just magnificent. On the way out of the stadium a Rotherham said he thought they were playing Barcelona, we were so good. When I told him it was our reserve side he ruefully looked at me and said that he wasn`t looking forward to the game in two weeks time.
So far I have been to 5 games this season, all away. Played 5 Won 4 Drawn 1 Lost 0 Goals for 19 Goals against 2. (My son missed the Huddersfield game but went to Blackpool instead so he has seen 21 goals for) This really is a season beyond my wildest dreams. Long may the Champagne football continue.
Report by Audenshaw Cherry
My first visit to the New York. Not a bad stadium on the traditional rectangular concept rather than the Barr lookalike mould. Just five left of the 92 now.
A fair report Audenshaw. Agree with most that you say.
First half Cook and especially Cargill were beaten to high balls in the air by the Rotherham front two but Cargill got it right second half by coming forward at pace to make the headers. Thankfully Evans subbed Clarke-Harris and brought on Darbyshire. I think most of his efforts late on ended up in Derbyshire!
Camp’s distribution from kick outs at times wasn’t very good. Their goal took a wicked deflection so there wasn’t much Camp could do about it.
Whilst most of the lads started slow I think you’re being harsh on O’Kane. Second half he was finding space in midfield to keep the moves flowing, probing and distributing the ball well so worth at least a 7.
MOM for me would be Yann.