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PREVIEW | Dons v Millers

16 October 2017

Dons v Millers preview...

The Millers travel to AFC Wimbledon in midweek having beaten Scunthorpe United 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The Millers will be looking to make it back-to-back wins on the road after their triumph at Rochdale, with their impressive run of late seeing them rise up to fourth in the League One table.

Last Time Out

The Millers

Rotherham are coming into this game off the back of an impressive 2-0 home win against Scunthorpe United on Saturday afternoon thanks to goals from Will Vaulks and Kieffer Moore.

The Millers took the lead in the 31st minute, after Vaulks found space 25 yards from goal, and unleashed a rocket into the top corner following a corner routine straight off the training ground.

Scunthorpe almost came back into the game when Conor Townsend’s curling effort from 25 yards hit the outside of the post before dropping in front of goal to Paddy Madden, who was denied by a brave block from Richard Wood.

Kieffer Moore then made sure of the win in the 71st minute, scoring at the back post, after some magic from David Ball saw him weave his way to the byline before leaving his strike partner with a tap in.

Opposition

AFC Wimbledon will be in buoyant mood ahead of this fixture following a 1-0 away victory at Northampton Town at the weekend.

George Long was called into action as he tipped a venomous drive by Daniel Powell over the crossbar in what was otherwise an uneventful first half at Sixfields.

The only goal of the game came in the 61st minute, after a mishap in the Northampton defence resulted in Harry Forrester winning the ball and driving towards goal and putting the ball into the corner of the net.

Ones to Watch

Goalkeeper George Long has played in every minute in every league game so far for AFC Wimbledon so far this season.

The 23 year old goalkeeper joined on loan for the season from Sheffield United and has impressed since doing so. Long has also been on loan at the likes of Oxford United and Motherwell recently.

The goalkeeper has a fairly impressive 76.7% save ratio so far this season, so the Millers will be hoping they can do some damage to that record come Tuesday night.

The goalkeeper has kept four clean sheets so far this season.

Head to Head

The last meeting between the two sides was in the 2012/13 season as the two sides played out the fixture in Sky Bet League Two.

The Millers finished 11th in this campaign, whereas AFC Wimbledon finished 16th.

The first meeting between the sides was on 15th December 2012, with Rotherham winning at Wimbledon 1-0, thanks to a Kieran Agard header.

The second meeting between the two sides also finished 1-0. This time the game winner was Alex Revell, also with a header.

Injury News

In a post match interview after the Scunthorpe game, manager Paul Warne said “We might have to freshen up one or two,” after his players gave their all to get a result on Saturday. This is after the gaffer said that there were a lot of tired bodies in the dressing room after Saturday’s game.

Darren Potter and Lee Frecklington both missed Saturday’s win through injury.

Manager Paul Warne has said that both look set to miss Tuesday’s game, however, could be involved for the weekend’s trip to Oxford United.

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REPORT | AFC Wimbledon 3 v 1 Rotherham

17 October 2017

Millers suffer defeat at Kingsmeadow...

Rotherham United suffered defeat on the road as Lyle Taylor's hat-trick condemned them to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of AFC Wimbledon.

The impressive Taylor had the hosts ahead in the first half before a sweet Joe Newell strike restored parity in South London, but the former Sheffield United striker added a further brace to his tally to ensure him of the match ball and his side of maximum points.

Manager Paul Warne named an unchanged starting 11 from the side that beat Scunthorpe United 2-0 at AESSEAL New York Stadium last Saturday.

He made one change to his bench for the trip to the capital with Academy graduate Ben Wiles named as a substitute for the first time in the league at the expense of Alex Bray.

The Millers came into the game off the back of three clean sheets coupled with as many victories having overcome Scunthorpe, NorthamptonTown and Rochdale in Sky Bet League One.

But it was the home side that had the better of the opening exchanges as they game descended into an early midfield scrap. On seven minutes the lively Barcham crossed into the near post but couldn’t find Taylor allowing Joe Mattock to scramble clear.

The same players combined on 15 minutes for the opening goal of the game. Barcham showed his class by splitting the Millers defence with a perfectly weighted pass, and Taylor beat the advancing Richard O’Donnell to lift the ball into the bottom corner.

The hosts continued to look the more likely to score, and the Millers had Kieffer Moore to thank when he came the his defence’s rescue by heading off the line.

The Millers slowly grew into the half, and Moore had their first chance, heading over from an Anthony Forde centre.

Soon after David Ball was unfortunate when he expertly controlled a Forde cross but his shot on the turn took a deflection on its way wide. From the resulting corner a scramble in the area presented a half chance for Moore, but his shot from a tight angle was blocked.

The Millers almost carved out a chance when Forde and Moore broke quickly from a Wimbledon corner, but the latter couldn’t control after Forde tried to pick him out on the run.

Just before the break Ryan Williams showed a terrific piece of skill to control and inventiveness to beat George Francomb, but when well placed to cross he fired a shot high and wide.

The Millers looked much brighter after the interval and tested George Long on 53 minutes when Forde showed some lovely skill on the right wing before drilling a shot across the face of goal.  Long parried to his left, and the ball somehow evaded three onrushing Millers players.  Forde again tested Long a minute later, but his shot from 20 yards lacked power and was smothered comfortably.

Harry Forrester almost produced a moment of magic on 63 minutes as he dropped his shoulder and tried to dink the ball over the head of O’Donnell from 20 yards.  Fortunately for the visitors, O’Donnell was equal to it and tipped onto the bar to prevent the Dons from doubling their lead.

The Millers came again and more good work from Forde produced a half chance for Moore on 66 minutes, but Long was off his line quickly enough to smother.

The Millers levelled on 71 minutes when substitute Joe Newell smashed home on the volley from 20 yards after the Dons failed to clear a high ball into the penalty area.

The momentum was firmly with the Millers now and Forde’s corner from the left was almost met by Joe Mattock, but the home side managed to scramble away at the expense of a throw-in.

Wimbledon had a golden opportunity to re-take the lead on 81 minutes.  As the Millers pressed for a winner, the Dons broke at pace and Taylor’s cross was volleyed high over the bar by Barcham when well-placed to do better.

They did re-take the lead on 85 minutes and it was Taylor with his second.  After a mix-up between Mattock and Richard Wood, Taylor raced clear down the right before cutting back and smashing a left-footed strike into the roof of O’Donnell’s net.

The Millers almost responded immediately and again it was substitute Newell with a powerful left-footed volley, but this time Long was able to get a strong hand to it.  Newell was unable to convert a difficult chance on the rebound.

Taylor completed his hat trick in stoppage time as the Millers pushed forward in search of an equaliser.  Set free on goal by a slip up in defence, O’Donnell did well to save his first effort, but Taylor converted at the second attempt to put the result beyond doubt.

Millers | O’Donnell; Cummings, Ihiekwe, Wood, Mattock; Williams, Vaulks, Towell, Forde; Ball, Moore.

Unused | Rodak, Emmanuel, Ajayi, Clarke-Harris, Yates, Newell, Wiles.

AFC Wimbledon | Long; Fuller, Nightingale, Charles, Francomb; Trotter, Soares; Kaja, Forrester, Barcham; Taylor.

Unused | McDonell, Oshilaja, Robinson, Abdou, McDonald, Kennedy, Hartigan.

Referee | D. Whitestone

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