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Posted Fri 02 Dec 16

PREVIEW | Brewers v Millers

The Millers will be hoping to put the shock departure of Kenny Jackett behind them following the official resignation of the former manager on Monday evening.

The announcement came out of the blue for everyone involved with Rotherham United. However with Paul Warne given charge of the first team on interim basis, the Millers will be able to focus on the task in hand, in what will be a difficult fixture away to Burton Albion.

The Championship new boys will prove stiff opposition for Warne’s men, but considering the Brewers’ league position this must be seen as a game in which Rotherham can take something from in their fight to climb the table.

LAST TIME OUT

MILLERS |
Despite being down to 10 men for 60 minutes of the game, the Millers showed immense resilience and determination to get on the scoresheet four minutes from time. However their efforts were in vain, as Leeds held on to the narrowest of margins to win 2-1 in a heated affair in South Yorkshire.

The away side took the lead just before the quarter hour mark through in-form striker Chris Wood, after highly rated left-back Charlie Taylor worked his way down the flank and into a crossing position.

His drilled low cross to an unmarked Wood, allowed the New Zealander time to calmly slide the ball past Lee Camp. The early goal lifted the visitors and they almost immediately doubled their lead after Kalvin Phillips swung in a dangerous cross, only for Leeds’ skipper Liam Cooper to see his downward header shave the outside of the post.

Garry Monk’s side were very much buoyed by their start and after a couple of warning signs for Rotherham, the game took an unexpected turn prior to the half-hour mark. Former Stoke and West Brom forward Peter Odemwingie was alleged to have led with his elbow in an aerial duel with Cooper, with referee Stuart Attwell not hesitating in showing him a straight red card and leaving the Millers with a mountain to climb.

Leeds doubled their advantage deep into first half injury time through Souleymane Doukara, after good work by Kemar Roofe, when his slide-rule pass found the Senegalese forward, he ghosted into the box to stroke the ball into the far corner and past the outstretched arm of substitute goalkeeper Lewis Price.

The visitors came out for the second half forcing the issue and looked to add a third and effectively kill the game off, however the Millers refused to throw in the towel. After good pressure Will Vaulks released substitute Anthony Forde who couldn’t get his shot away with Liam Cooper in tracking back well. Before Vaulks, was this time the one who was denied after being set-up by Forde, but saw his shot blocked well by Luke Ayling and deflected over.

Following the next significant moment in the game, the Millers were rewarded with Richard Wood scoring his second goal of the season.

After Leeds failed to deal with a corner, Izzy Brown headed it into the danger area in the direction of Wood who got the better of his marker to power home a header, despite Rob Green getting a hand to it, the ball looped into the net. In a split second, the game was turned upside down and the momentum was with the Millers as Monk’s side struggled to cope with the constant tide of Rotherham pressure.

Following a superb save by Green to deny Vaulks, the resulting corner again caused mayhem in the Leeds’ penalty area, with anyone in red desperate to scramble the ball home despite efforts of Eunan O’Kane, literally putting his body on the line.

It was Wood again who was the danger man for Rotherham, having a point blank header saved by Green, before the ball fell to Dominic Ball who blasted over from close range, following pressure from the Leeds rearguard.

BURTON ALBION |
The Brewers scored their first away goal in five matches as Preston battled back to a 1-1 draw at Deepdale.

Jackson Irvine was the name on the scoresheet for the away side, after putting the Brewers ahead in the 23rd minute, pouncing on a loose ball from Matt Palmer’s corner, firing under the goalkeeper Chris Maxwell.

However, in stoppage time at the end of the first half the home side equalised through Callum Robinson, following Greg Cunningham’s cross to very much change both managers’ team talks heading into the interval.

After the break, it was one way traffic as the visitors held on for a draw, which, despite moving up to 19th in the table, are only one point above the relegation zone due to other results elsewhere.


TEAM NEWS |

•    Following Lee Camp’s injury, Warne is quite confident in playing Price, however remains unsure whether Camp will feature.
•    Greg Halford will not feature as he is having some time on the sidelines due to ligament damage.
•    Fan favourite Jon Taylor trained for the first time this week and depending on his recovery will be in contention for a place.
•    Striker Dexter Blackstock is also 50/50, despite playing a big part in training on Tuesday.
•    Lee Frecklington may  not feature, with Warne not wanting to risk aggravating his injury.

HEAD TO HEAD (since 2009) |
•    The Millers have only ever faced Burton Albion in League Two and The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy back in 2010.
•    In their last nine meetings, Rotherham have lost on two occasions. Winning four and drawing three.
•    The Millers have kept only two clean sheets against Burton in the last nine fixtures, most notably winning 3-0 back in 2012 when in League Two, at the beginning of the campaign. Daniel Nardiello, Kayode Odejayi and Ben Pringle scoring that day.


ODDS | SKY BET

10/3 : Millers to win

9/2 : Rotherham to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1

17/2 : Izzy Brown to score first

7/1 : Millers to win and both teams to score 


* Odds subject to change
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