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Posted Fri 07 Feb 14

Colchester v Millers, preview

The only way is Essex for the Millers as they travel south east to face Colchester United at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in Sky Bet League One tomorrow.

Steve Evans takes his high flying side south east to do battle with the U’s who are currently nine places below them in the league table in 14th. 

Joe Dunne’s men were victorious last time they were in Sky Bet League One action as they recorded a 4-2 win over a struggling Carlisle United side.

The Millers, meanwhile stole three points at the death as Alex Revell’s injury time strike saw his side snatch a win against his former employers Leyton Orient.

Last Time Out
Steve Evans’ men registered a crucial victory in their most recent fixture by overcoming early frontrunners Leyton Orient 2-1 at New York Stadium. 

The Millers took the lead on the ten-minute mark when Wes Thomas latched onto a pinpoint Ben Pringle delivery to head home his first goal in the red of Rotherham United.

A tightly contested affair ensued with the hosts marginally on top throughout but suffered a blow when Moses Odubajo found himself in acres of space at the far post to blast home an equaliser on 76 minutes.

The game looked headed for a draw as the fourth official indicated the additional time, but former Orient man Revell was far from done and thundered home a winner in stoppage time to see the Millers gain ground on the summit of the League One table.

Team News
The Millers’ gaffer will have the majority of his squad to pick from in the build-up to the trip to Essex, with only Craig Morgan currently on the injured list.

Midfielder Rob Milsom may return to the fold after missing out on last weekend’s game with a muscular injury.

Recent Form
Millers last three games:
League One Rotherham 2-1 Leyton Orient Sat 1 Feb
League One Tranmere 1-2 Rotherham Tue 28 Jan
League One Rotherham 2-2 Crawley Sat 25 Jan 

Colchester United last three games:
League One Carlisle 2-4 Colchester Sat 18 Jan
League One Colchester 3-0 Gillingham Sat 11 Jan
League One MK Dons 0-0 Colchester Wed 1 Jan

When They Last Met
The U’s rescued a dramatic late point when the two sides met earlier in the season at New York Stadium after taking an early lead.

Former Millers loanee Marcus Bean headed the visitors in front after just seven minutes, before Matt Tubbs bagged his first goal for the Millers just two minutes later.

Kieran Agard then fired the hosts in front on 22 minutes as he bundled the ball home in a crowded penalty area.

Colchester began to throw everything at the Millers as they game neared its close and were rewarded for their persistence when Elliot Lee’s header bounced off the crossbar and over the line to secure his side a point in injury time.

Rotherham 2 v 2 Colchester United
Tubbs 9 Bean 7
Agard 22 Lee 90
New York Stadium, Attendance: 7,096
02 November 2013, League One.

Previous Meetings
Millers wins – 12
Draws – 9
Colchester United wins – 3

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