Matthew Olosunde got the nod in Rotherham United’s third round FA Cup trip to Everton and did not disappoint for the EFL Championship side.
Olosunde scored his first senior goal at club level, while also delivering a strong performance at Goodison Park despite a 2-1 extra time loss. The U.S. Men’s National Team right back helped pull the Millers level on Merseyside after going down early to the Premier League hosts.
Cenk Tosun’s finish in the ninth minute put Carlo Ancelotti’s squad in front early, but it was the only true effort on goal by the Toffees in the opening 45 minutes. Olosunde was lively from his fullback position and hit back with a clever finish after halftime.
The New Jersey native squeezed a low shot into the bottom left corner past a diving Robin Olsen. It was his first goal at senior level for the club since arriving in July 2020 following his release from Manchester United.
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Everton thought they stole the tie in the 86th minute as Tosun scored his second goal of the match, but VAR ruled the finish out due to offsides. Olosunde was replaced after 90 minutes as Rotherham brought on veteran defender Billy Jones in his place.
Abdoulaye Doucoure’s finish in the 93rd minute proved to be the winner for Everton, who held on for a place in the fourth round.
Olosunde finished the match with four successful dribbles, two interceptions, five recoveries, and six duels won in his performances. Despite not going the distance, Olosunde has remained a consistent player for Rotherham United this season, registering three assists in 12 league appearances prior to today’s FA Cup match.
“There were some terrific performances today, Matt Olosunde got the goal which for his performance he deserved,” Rotherham United manager Paul Warne said post match. “He was a thorn in their side for most of the game up and down the field.”
Up next for the Millers is a trip to COVID-19 hit Derby County on January 16th.