The Millers travel to Boundary Park as they continue their quest for promotion from Sky Bet League One, where they face Lee Johnson’s Oldham Athletic.
Steve Evans’ men are now 10 games unbeaten in the league after extending their run with a goalless draw at Colchester United last Tuesday night, which means the Millers haven’t tasted defeat since New Year’s Day.
The Latics lie in 18th place in the Sky Bet League One table with just three points separating them from the division’s drop zone. The Millers meanwhile remain in fifth position despite not playing at the weekend, due to their scheduled opponents Sheffield United’s involvement in the FA Cup.
Last Time Out
There wasn’t much to get excited about the last time Evans’ side were in action as the Millers recorded a 0-0 draw against Colchester United at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
However, regardless of the lack of action the Millers will be pleased to have picked up another point to add to their promotion charge as they reflected on the game on the long journey home from Essex last week.
Kieran Agard had the pick of the visitors’ chances with an acrobatic volley in the box which whizzed over the crossbar.
The hosts forged the best opportunity of the game when Sanchez Watt raced one-on-one with Adam Collin, only to see his powerful drive ricochet off the crossbar and away from danger.
The Millers camp are fit and raring to go as the club enters its final 12 fixtures of the 2013/14 season, with Steve Evans being blessed with the entirety of his squad at his disposal for tomorrow’s game.
A fixtureless weekend allowed the Millers’ boss to test his squad with a 75 minute practice match at New York Stadium. An exercise that Evans’ was very pleased with:
“The match was played in a real competitive fashion; there was some outstanding play, some great challenges and a few super goals too,” he said. “A couple of the lads have certainly given me something to think about when it comes to selecting the starting XI for Tuesday night.”
Rob Milsom and Mark Bradley returned as substitutes last Tuesday having been sidelined with injury recently, with the latter appearing as a late substitute to replace the injured Lee Frecklington.
Midfield playmaker Frecklington was withdrawn in Essex last week following a head injury which left him too dazed to continue, but he will be available for the game at Boundary Park.
Millers last three games:
League One Colchester 0-0 Rotherham Tue 4 Mar
League One Rotherham 6-0 Notts County Sat 1 Mar
League One Preston 3-3 Rotherham Tue 25 Feb
Oldham Athletic last three games:
League One Oldham 1-3 Preston Sat 8 Mar
League One Tranmere 2-2 Oldham Sat 1 Mar
League One Oldham 1-2 MK Dons Tue 25 Feb
When They Last Met
There was late drama when the two sides last faced off earlier in the season, with Daniel Nardiello capping a hat-trick and sealing a Millers win with his 90th minute strike to sink the Latics at New York Stadium.
Nardiello got the ball rolling with his penalty on 21 minutes to open the scoring in South Yorkshire before Cristian Montano and Matteo Lanzoni replied either side of half-time to put the visitors ahead.
The former Manchester United forward then doubled his tally and levelled the scores just after the hour mark to set up a tense finale at 2-2.
The game then remained deadlocked until the 90th minute when the now Bury frontman crashed the ball home from six yards to secure a vital three points for his side.
Rotherham 3 v 2 Oldham Athletic
Nardiello 21 (pen), 63, 90 Montano 44
New York Stadium, Attendance: 8,306
14 September 2013, League One.
Millers wins – 21
Draws – 4
Oldham wins – 13
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100/30 Both teams to score but the Millers to win
7/1 Haris Vuckic to be the first goalscorer
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