Player of the Year expresses his delight...
Frecklington – my best day in football
Lee Frecklington says today is the best he’s ever had in football after helping the Millers to a penalty shootout win over Leyton Orient.
“It’s the best day I’ve ever had in football. I can’t say any more than that,” said the Millers’ player of the year. “What an achievement for the club. It’s the best.
“It was a crazy game. I thought we started really well but then we let them come back in to it and we were very disappointed to be 2-0 down. Two poor goals for us to concede really.
“But the gaffer said at half-time you never give up and we got right back in it. For Revs to score a goal like that at Wembley, it’s unbelievable.
The Millers were without Frecklington for the dying stages after he became a victim of cramp on the famous energy-sapping Wembley pitch. He did recover to take a penalty, but it was saved by Orient’s ‘keeper Jamie Jones.
“I think second half everybody was struggling,” he said. “There was nothing left in our legs. Then I missed the penalty and it went from the best feeling in the world to the worst. But now I can forget about that and this club’s going to the Championship!”
Like all the Millers in Wembley, Frecklington was wowed by Alex Revell’s stunning leveller – a dipping volley from fully 35 yards:
“I don’t think I’ve seen him hit a ball like that in the 18 months I’ve been here. For him to that on a stage like this against his old team – I don’t think there’s many that work harder than him so he deserves everything he gets today.
Frecklington saved his final words for the 20,000 travelling Millers fans:
“It’s unbelievable. It means as much to them as it does to us and it’s days like this that you play football for.”