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This weekend sees the Millers host Oldham Athletic in a League One clash at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, with the hosts looking to get back to winning ways after a narrow defeat at Bradford City last time out.
Oldham’s start to the season has perhaps not seen them return the points haul they have been deserving of, and after eight games they are rooted to the bottom of the league, with just four from their opening eight games. The visitors only league victory this season came in a 3-2 away win at Bristol Rovers on September 12th.
The Millers on the other hand, have had a steady start to the season that sees them sat on 12 points, with four wins and four defeats from their opening eight league games. This currently sees The Millers sat in 9th place.
Last Time Out
The hosts are looking to get back to winning ways after a 1-0 defeat last time out at Bradford City.
The only goal of the game was scored by Bradford’s Romain Vincelot. This was after the French striker was left unmarked in the six yard box, after a cross from Tony McMahon in the 21st minute.
Jon Taylor went close on two occasions for The Millers, with his first effort being saved by City goalkeeper Colin Doyle, and his second effort being cleared off the line by former Sunderland defender, Matthew Kilgallon.
Bradford had a good opportunity to go into the half-time interval with a two goal lead, however, Marek Rodak made a big save when he saved a one on one against Bradford striker Dominic Poleon.
After the restart, The Millers improved on their first half performance, and had a few good chances to get back into the game. The first chance of the half fell to Kieffer Moore, who saw his shot saved by Bradford goalkeeper Doyle. Another chance for the Millers saw captain Lee Frecklington’s shot blocked by Bradford’s central defender Nathaniel Knight-Percival.
Then, deep into injury time, left-back Joe Mattock was shown a red card, for his second yellow card of the game.
Oldham arrive in Rotherham having lost 2-1 at home to Shrewsbury last weekend, and they will want to kick-start their season after a disappointing start so far.
High flying Shrewsbury arrived at Boundary Park full of confidence after a good start to the season, and they grabbed the first goal of the game, after Oldham goalkeeper Jack Ruddy failed to hold onto Joe Riley’s low cross into the box, and the ball was put into the back of the net by Stefan Payne.
Unfortunately for the away side, the striker was injured in the process and had to be taken off.
Oldham responded within 15 minutes, after a cross in from the left by Gevaro Nepomuceno was headed in from six yards by Craig Davies.
After the break, Eoin Doyle missed a great chance for the hosts, after he rounded the Shrewsbury goalkeeper, however, his effort then bounced back off of the post.
Twenty minutes after the interval, Alex Rodman laid the ball off for Jon Nolan, who put the ball into the corner of the net to give his side the lead again.
The home side were reduced to 10 men during the closing stages of the game, when striker Eoin Doyle was dismissed for his second booking of the game.
Oldham will be looking to turn their fortunes around this weekend in Rotherham.
One To Watch
Welsh striker Craig Davies is a summer recruit, after he joined on a free transfer having departed for fellow League One side Scunthorpe United. Davies is a former Welsh national team player, playing eight times for the senior side without scoring.
So far in the league this season for Oldham, Davies has played six games, scoring four goals. He is one of the better performers for the club, who have only won one league game to date in 2017/18. Davies has scored in each of his last four games for Oldham and is arguably their man in the best vein of form.
In League One so far this season, Davies has had seven shots and converted four of them which gives him an impressive conversion rate of 57%.
Head To Head
In the 39 games that these two clubs have contested since 1935, The Millers have won 22 of those games.
The most recent games between the two clubs in the 2013/14 season saw The Millers win both of the games, with a 3-2 victory at home in September 2013, followed by a 2-0 away win at Boundary Park in March 2014.
Before those two games, Oldham had won the previous two 2-1 and 3-2 respectively.
Millers boss Paul Warne says that Joshua Emmanuel has played in the reserves this week, however he isn’t sure that the full-back will be fit enough to feature in this weekend’s game.
Warne also discussed Shaun Cummings and he said the right-back is likely to be in contention for Tuesday’s trip to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
The Millers boss also spoke about long term absentee Jamie Proctor, confirming that he had undergone his operation and it was successful.
8/13 | Millers to Win
4/1 | Both teams to score in 1st half
3/1 | Kieffer Moore to score first
4/5 | Over 2.5 goals
4/6 | Rotherham to score 2+ goals
*Odds subject to change
Words: Jack Robinson