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Posted Fri 28 Oct 16

PREVIEW | Tractor Boys v Millers

Kenny Jackett’s Rotherham United travel to Suffolk to face Ipswich Town at Portman Road this Saturday afternoon, with the new manager keen to get the Millers the three points their recent performances have merited.

After a disappointing start to the season, the appointment has lifted the club and everyone affiliated with it. However, Jackett insists himself and the players mustn't be fooled by the fans’ fantastic response, in forgetting about the task in hand.

The former Wolves manager did not wait around, with the arrival of forward Peter Odemwingie until January, becoming the manager’s first signing. The club as a whole are therefore in good spirits, ahead of what will be a difficult fixture for Jackett’s men.


Millers |
Kenny Jackett’s first game in charge ended in a narrow defeat for the Millers, in a game they very easily could’ve won. Reading were the visitors to AESSEAL New York Stadium and with Jaap Stam in charge, were going to be no easy pushovers in a match filled with emotion. Not only did the two teams pay their respects to the late, great, Gerry Gow, but also brought back the legends of the 1980/81 season.

So with the stage set for Jackett and Rotherham to repay the New York faithful, after terrific support so far this season, the Millers responded on the field starting well and forcing Al Habsi into some early saves. The pick of the bunch denying man of the match Richard Wood from heading in the opener.

With the tireless work of Jon Taylor, Greg Halford’s dangerous set piece throw ins, the experience of Wood at centre half alongside solid defensive counterparts and forwards Danny Ward and Dexter Blackstock combining well, the home side were a continuous threat.

However the course of the game turned and Reading began to look dangerous on the break, carving through Rotherham and creating chances. Joey van den Berg the unlikely catalyst in the Royals’ taking the game to Rotherham, ending in a penalty being won by the Dutchman in the 60th minute after drawing a foul from Dael Fry.

Garath McCleary stepped up and saw his spot kick saved well by Lee Camp, with the crowd responding, Rotherham again had chances to take the lead but could not find a way past a spirited Reading defence.

Once John Swift fired a shot fiercely strike the crossbar, the visitors sensed their opportunity and after sustained pressure a corner fell at the feet of Roy Beerens, curling an effort towards the top corner which Camp saved well, but it landed at McShane and the Republic of Ireland international kept his head and volleyed the ball into the roof of the net. Despite the efforts of Ward and Forde in the final minutes, the Millers were left with nothing to show after a spirited and committed performance.

Ipswich Town|
A trip to in-form Newcastle United ended in a 3-0 defeat for The Tractor Boys last time out as Spanish forward Ayoze Perez scored the fastest goal in the second tier so far this season after 60 seconds.

That set the tone for the Championship leaders to dominate, however, it took until the final 20 minutes for the scoreline to reflect that. Despite former magpie Leon Best seeing a fierce strike cannon off the crossbar, the dangerous three of Perez, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle were rewarded as Perez struck a well taken low shot into the corner in the 73rd minute, after Ritchie’s intricate play and pinpoint pull back.

The Scotsman rounded off the scoring in fine style just five minutes later after, again, Perez was involved laying the winger off on the edge of the box for Ritchie to curl an unstoppable effort into the far corner. Ipswich fell to 17th in the league after having failed to score in a sixth league game in seven.


•    Kirk Broadfoot remains out of the picture after not featuring in training following back surgery and recovery from other minor injuries alongside. Kenny Jackett doesn’t expect him to be involved any time soon.
•    Fellow defender Aimen Belaid could feature in the match day squad, alongside Stephen Kelly after the manager explained both have been okay in reference to recovery and had both been working hard in training.


•    The Millers have won two of their last three against The Tractor Boys, keeping clean sheets in both occasions.
•    The loss in the last three was in this exact fixture last year in a freak 5-2 loss for Rotherham, Brandon Barker and Matt Derbyshire with the goals that day for the Millers.


4/1 : Millers to win

9/1 : Rotherham to win and both teams to score

17/2 : Peter Odemwingie to score and Rotherham to win

18/1 : Rotherham to win both halves

16/1 : Richard Wood to score in 90 minutes

* Odds subject to change
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