Leeds United continued to hold aloft their recent Indian sign over Rovers by knocking them out of the Capital One Cup last night.
Former Leeds striker Billy Paynter came off the bench on the hour to cancel out Scott Wootton’s first half effort.
But a Matt Smith header and Ross McCormack’s penalty ended Rovers’ hopes of a potentially money-spinning third round tie.
Rovers chairman John Ryan was left counting the cost of the defeat in the aftermath of a keenly-fought, intense derby battle.
“It’s disappointing to go out at this stage because a good draw in the third round could have made a big difference to us.
“I was hoping to buy Richie Wellens with that money.
“I don’t mind losing but I was very disappointed with Scott Matthieson for not ruling out the second goal,” he added.
“He [Matt Smith] had both hands over Bongani Khumalo. It was a blatant foul.”
Boss Paul Dickov was disappointed with his side’s defending for the first goal but remained upbeat.
“It was a second phase goal and we’ve been good at dealing with those situations so far this season, so that was disappointing
“But I thought we started brightly and when Billy came on and scored I thought we had the momentum to go and win the game. The second goal killed us a little bit.”
Rovers have failed to beat Leeds in six attempts since their famous win over the Whites at Wembley in 2008, with Leeds running out winners on the last five occasions
It was a sad night for South Yorkshire clubs in the competition as Barnsley also went out, beaten 5-1 by Premier League Southampton. Rotherham are at Aston Villa tonight