Rotherham United’s brand of attacking, score-more-than-your-opponent football has proved a successful combination for manager Paul Warne.
After serving for a number of years as a club legend on the pitch as a player with the Millers, Warne is now in his fifth season along the touchline as manager of his beloved club.
Rotherham enter the midweek fixture at Eco-Power Stadium sitting atop the Sky Bet League One table. Despite losing two of their last five league fixtures, the Millers cling to the narrowest of leads at the top on 56 points, with the trailing pack of Wigan Athletic (55 points), Sunderland (54 points), Milton Keynes Dons (52 points) and Wycombe Wanderers (52 points) all within striking distance.
Since November, the Millers have been in fine form … to say the very least. The club swept through November unbeaten across all competitions with three wins and three draws (conceding just three goals in six matches), with that flowing into December where they lost just one game in the Christmas month winning four. In December, the team averaged two goals per game. They enter the new month of February having competed January with four wins, two draws (both games eventually going to penalties in the Emirates FA Cup and Papa John’s Trophy) and one loss away to Fleetwood Town.
Across the whole of League One, the Millers are averaging 1.78 goals per game while allowing just 0.67 goals per game to be scored against them.
In their last 15 games overall, Rotherham have nine wins with four draws and two losses. In League One play, the team has won seven of their last 10 matches, combined with two losses and a draw. Of the team’s 23 wins across all competitions this season, Warne’s team has managed to score two or more goals in 18 of those matches.
While goals seem to come thick and fast for the Millers, they have been held scoreless in six games this season – four of those resulting in losses for the club. However, they have not been held scoreless since a 1-0 Boxing Day defeat away to league opposition Accrington Stanley – a span of what is seven games entering Tuesday game against Rovers.
Entering Tuesday evening’s match, Rotherham have won four of the last six meetings against Rovers. Including twice this season in the league and Papa John’s Trophy.