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Rotherham United (H) match preview

6 September 2019

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Rovers return to league action to take on South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United at the Keepmoat Stadium this weekend.

 
Darren Moore’s side are unbeaten in Sky Bet League One this season, and go into the game on the back of consecutive home wins, against Fleetwood and Lincoln respectively. 
 
The Millers have beaten AFC Wimbledon and Burton Albion on the road already this season, with their only league defeat coming at the hands of Lincoln. 
 
Brief history of Rotherham United
 
Rotherham play at the 12,021-capacity AESSEAL New York Stadium, which has been their home since the start of the 2012/13 campaign. 
 
Since moving to their new ground, the Millers have had regular success including back-to-back promotions from Sky Bet League Two to the Championship under former manager Steve Evans.
 
They held their own for consecutive seasons in the second tier, before relegation at the end of the 2016/17 season. They bounced back immediately though and a 14-match unbeaten run from December to February of the following season eventually saw them beat Shrewsbury Town 2-1 in the play-off final at Wembley.
 
A team who have been successful at this level in the past, Rotherham will be looking for another successful season this time around.
 
Who’s the gaffer?
 
Former Rotherham player and fan-favourite Paul Warne took over as manager initially as caretaker in November 2016, before being appointed on a permanent basis in April 2017. Warne created a real togetherness at the Millers and created a never say die attitude which saw them score plenty of late goals as they secured a play-off place. A win at Wembley saw Warne seal promotion in his first season in charge, but despite his best efforts couldn’t prevent them from being relegated in their first season back in the second-tier. 
 
Ones to watch
 
Joe Mattock
 
After making more than 50 appearances for South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, Mattock joined Rotherham at the start of the 2015/16 campaign. An experienced player at left-back, the 29-year-old has been a key figure for the Miller since signing for the club, and will again be influential as they look to push for an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship.
 
Shaun MacDonald
 
The Wales international penned a two-year deal with the Millers ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, arriving as Paul Warne's second summer signing.
The 30-year-old boasts Championship experience from his spells with Swansea, Bournemouth and Wigan, and has also represented Wales on four occasions.
 
Freddie Ladapo
 
Rotherham broke their record transfer fee to land Ladapo from Plymouth Argyle in the summer.
The 26-year-old enjoyed a productive spell in front of goal in League One in the season prior to his arrival at AESSEAL New York Stadium, despite Argyle’s relegation – netting 19 times in all competitions.
 
Who’s the ref?
 
Martin Coy is the man in-charge when Rovers host Rotherham United at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, and you can find out more about him here.
 
Last time out
 
The Millers ran out 2-1 winners the last time the two sides met in February 2018. John Marquis had given Rovers a 1-0 half-time lead, which they held out well until a goal from Michael Smith levelled things up as the game went into injury-time. The game looked to be heading for a draw before a last gasp Joe Newell penalty sealed all three points for Paul Warne’s side.
 

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