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Posted Mon 27 Apr 15

Millers v Royals - Preview

The Millers entertain Reading on Tuesday night for the last home game of the season at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

This is set to be the biggest game of the year, a win here guarantees Sky Bet Championship football next season and Steve Evans has issued a battle cry for every Millers fan to make the stadium rock.

Reading are fresh off an FA Cup run that saw them lose in extra time to Arsenal last week at Wembley and are sitting in 19th place in English football’s second tier.

Steve Evans’ men have their own fate in their hands, a factor that is sure buoy the players and the support, the next 90 minutes of football are set to be unmissable.

Last time out:
The Millers gained an invaluable point against Norwich City with Jordan Bowery coming off the bench to score a late equaliser, in what was a spirited display by the home side.

Rotherham enjoyed a man advantage over the Canaries for much of the game, with Lewis Grabban receiving a straight red on his return to the AESSEAL New York Stadium, for an off the ball incident with Craig Morgan.

Norwich had the first sniff at goal, with Emiliano Martinez being forced into a smart save to his right, coming after a long period of pressure on the Millers defence.

However, the sending off of Grabban changed the game and the Millers promptly took advantage of the numbers. Danny Ward spurned the best chance of the half, after being played through by Matt Derbyshire.

The pressure did not stop after half time with Ward and Derbyshire both missing good chances, before Norwich hit a killer blow. Redmond’s run through the middle and pass to Hooper, saw the former Celtic forward tee up a volley which was unstoppable on its way to the top right hand corner.

Hammill missed a glorious chance late on, but soon made amends putting in a dinked cross that was met by Bowery  who headed home– sending Ruddy the wrong way and the Millers faithful into raptures.

Recent Form:

Millers last three games:
Championship        Millers 1 – 1 Norwich            Sat 26th Apr
Championship        Fulham 1 – 1 Millers            Weds 15th Apr
Championship        Middlesbrough    2 – 0 Millers        Sat 11th Apr

Reading last three games:
Championship        Reading 0 – 2 Brentford            Sat 25th Apr
Championship        Reading 0 – 1 Birmingham        Wed 22nd Apr
FA Cup            Reading 1 – 2 Arsenal (AET)        Sat 18th Apr

One to watch:
Adam Federici
The big goalkeeper is such an important player for the Royals, something that has been recognised by the fans, as he recently collected the Fans’ Player of the Year award.

His name has barely escaped the headlines this season, making some crucial saves both in the league and on the Royals’ journey to the FA Cup Semi Final.

The Australian international is a commanding presence at the back, and has been based with the Berkshire club for 10 years  and brings a wealth of experience with him on Tuesday night.

When they last met:
Simon Cox bagged two goals, with Jamie Mackie also getting on the score sheet, as Reading ran out 3-0 winners.

The Millers did have plenty of chances and started the game the brighter of the two, with Derbyshire having a header saved by Federici.

However, it was the Royals who took the lead mid-way through the first half, with the on loan Mackie curling a fine shot past Adam Collin.

Federici kept the hosts in the game, pulling off a number of class saves, leaving it to Cox to seal the Reading win.

Mackie set him up for twice, both times making direct runs through a tiring Millers defence, it was up to Cox to simply pick his spot both times.

Reading 3 – 0 Rotherham United
The Madejski Stadium, Att: 13,775
4th November 2014, Sky Bet Championship

Past Meetings:
Millers victories – 9

Games drawn – 14

Reading victories – 18

Team news:
Danny Ward came off as a precaution at the weekend, however he did make it through an additional 15 minutes after half time which is encouraging for the Millers.

Frazer Richardson will once again be absent through injury, with Steve Evans left with the rest of his squad at his disposal for the crunch game with the Royals on Tuesday night.

Fancy a flutter? Here’s what Sky Bet are offering…
1/1    Rotherham to win

11/8    Derbyshire to score anytime

17/2    Bowery and Cox to both score

16/1    A reverse of the last meeting, 3-0 Rotherham

18/1    Rotherham to leave it late again, first goal coming after 81 minutes

*Odds subject to change.