James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Newcastle United pair James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic helped fire Rotherham United into the Championship at Wembley on Sunday.

The Millers fought back from two goals down against Leyton Orient to force the game to a penalty shoot-out, in which they triumphed 4-3 from the spot.

And both United loanees played their part in Rotherham's famous victory, which made it back-to-back promotions for Steve Evans' men.

Tavernier started the game at right-back and threatened twice from distance early on, before Moses Odubajo and Dean Cox struck Orient into a commanding half-time advantage.

A tactical switch saw Tavernier pushed into a wide midfield role, where he continued to catch the eye and sent a free-kick onto the roof of the net. Then forward Alex Revell took centre-stage, scoring twice in five minutes, to get Rotherham back on terms.

Vuckic was introduced for Revell in extra-time, but the sides could not be separated and the contest was decided from the spot.

Tavernier confidently scored his penalty - along with three of his teammates - and goalkeeper Adam Collin made two stops to secure the Millers' place in the second tier.