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PREVIEW | Potters v Millers

12 April 2019

Paul Warne’s Rotherham United travel to Stoke City for their next Sky Bet Championship fixture on Saturday. Here we take a look at who the Millers will be facing in our opposition analysis…

In the Dugout

Nathan Jones will be the man in the dugout for Stoke City on Saturday. The 45-year old started his youth career at Cardiff City before moving to Merthyr Tydfil. He had a short spell at Luton Town, before moving to Spain to represent Badajoz and Numancia. He returned to England in 1997 to represent Southend United, Scarborough and Brighton before retiring in 2012 at Yeovil Town. He made over 550 appearances and won three major honours, all of which were at Brighton, winning the Football League Third and Second Division titles while also winning the Second Division play-offs.

As a manager, Jones started at Charlton Athletic as their under-21 professional development coach before moving to Brighton as assistant manager in 2013. He was caretaker boss of the Seagulls in 2014, before moving into the role of first-team coach. He joined Luton Town as manager in January 2016 and guided them to automatic promotion from League Two in 2018. He continued his form at the start of this season with Luton, taking them to the lofty heights of second place in League One by January 2019 before Stoke secured his services from the Kenilworth Road-club. Jones left Luton with the highest Football League points to game ratio of any manager in their history. 


Stoke currently sit in 15th position in the Sky Bet Championship table. In their last five games, they have drawn three, won one and lost one. In those five games, they have scored only twice, but have only conceded three goals. Their last game was a 3-1 defeat away at Swansea City. Goals from Daniel James, Mike van Der Hoorn and Oliver McBurnie sealed all three points for Swansea despite a goal from Stoke’s James McClean. Stoke also had two red cards on the day with Bruno Martins Indi and Tom Edwards being sent off. Before the Swansea defeat, Stoke had kept six clean sheets in a row.

Previous Meetings

This is the 40th meeting between these sides with the first encounter being a 4-1 victory for Stoke on Christmas Day in 1926. The Millers have won 13 times with Stoke prevailing 16 times, while there have been 10 draws. Stoke haven’t beaten Rotherham in the league since 2003, with Rotherham winning the last league match at the Bet365 Stadium, a 2-1 victory in April 2005. The last time these teams met was in September 2018 with it finishing 2-2 at the AESSEAL New York Stadium. A Ryan Manning penalty and a goal from Richie Towell gave the Millers a 2-0 lead before goals from Tom Ince and Bojan helped Stoke to rescue a point.

Ones to Watch

Our Ones to Watch start with England keeper Jack Butland. The 26-year old represented England at the 2018 World Cup and also represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics. He also has turned out for a variety of clubs in his career representing: Clevedon United, Birmingham City, Cheltenham Town, Barnsley, Leeds United and Derby County. Butland moved to Stoke in January 2013 on a four-and-half-year deal for a rumoured initial fee of £3.3million, rising to £3.5million.

In defence, Republic of Ireland youth captain Nathan Collins could make his first start on Saturday. The 17-year-old has impressed for the under-23 side and was given his debut last time out against Swansea City. Collins could find himself involved due to Ryan Shawcross being injured while Tom Edwards and Bruno Martins Indi are suspended after picking up red cards in their defeat against Swansea.


In midfield, Peter Etebo will be the main man in the middle. The 23-year old started his career in his birth country of Nigeria with youth spells at Lord Honour FC and Warri Wolves. He made his debut for Warri Wolves in April 2013, scoring a first-half hat-trick against El-Khanemi Warriors. He also spent time in Portugal and Spain with Feirense and Las Palmas respectively before moving to Stoke in June 2018 on a five-year deal. He played for Nigeria in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and has earned over 15 caps for his country.


Upfront, Welsh forward Sam Vokes is a physical presence up top. The 29-year old striker, who made over 230 appearances for Burnley, started his career at AFC Bournemouth before moving to Wolves in 2008. He’s had six separate loan spells in his career at a variety of clubs, representing the likes of Leeds United and Norwich City. He has won three promotions from the Championship, twice as Champions and once as runner-up. He has earned over 60 caps for Wales and was part of the Welsh team that got to semi-final of UEFA Euro 2016.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Stoke 2 v 2 Rotherham

13 April 2019

Millers fightback earns vital point...

A STIRRING second-half comeback from the Millers earned them a vital point in their fight for Championship survival, at the expense of Stoke City.

Paul Warne’s side looked to be staring down the barrel of defeat at the interval as goals from Sam Vokes and Sam Clucas put the Potters in charge.

However, Rotherham showed their never-say-die spirit with a heroic comeback against all odds thanks to Michael Smith's fine header and Matt Crooks’ first goal for the club.

The Millers were pushing for victory near the end and Crooks was denied a brace by firstly Ryan Shawcross’ goalline clearance and some superb goalkeeping from England stopper Jack Butland.  

Following their narrow defeat at the hands of Aston Villa in midweek, Millers boss Warne made a solitary change to his starting line-up for the visit to Staffordshire.

Irish winger Anthony Forde was recalled to the Rotherham engine room, at the expense of Joe Newell, who had to settle for a place among the substitutes.

Following a slow start by both teams, the Millers had the first foray of note when Forde’s lay-off saw skipper Will Vaulks fire a clever pass with his instep which presented Joe Mattock with the chance to skip away before playing a tantalising ball across the face of goal before Forde showed good composure to work his way into the Stoke box before working a yard of space on Ashley Williams to drag a low, left-footed effort which flew narrowly wide of the target.

Moments later, Clark Robertson’s slide-rule pass gave Jon Taylor the opportunity to dart past Danny Batth in a one-on-one situation before playing an inviting centre into the box but the ball narrowly evaded the attentions of Michael Smith while Forde’s mishit centre forced Butland to tip over his own bar, in the visitors’ next attack.

The Millers were looking the most likely and after Robertson nodded down Vaulks’ long-throw, Taylor fired an instinctive half-volley from the edge of the box which fizzed just inches wide before Smith looped a header over from Forde’s corner.

However, Stoke opened the scoring, against the run of play, when Williams swung a delicious centre into the danger area and Vokes, evaded the attentions of Michael Ihiekwe, to meet his cross and plant a downward header into the bottom corner of the net giving Marek Rodak no chance.

The goal seemed to spark the hosts to life and they doubled their advantage, just two minutes later, when Bojan injected pace into a home move and James McClean worked a yard of space on his marker to deliver a ball into the box which deflected into the path of the on-rushing Clucas, who kept his nerve to fire into the roof of the net on his favoured left-foot.

The Millers responded positively to the double setback and Taylor’s low effort forced a smothered save from Butland before Smith dragged an effort harmlessly wide of the home goal.

Minutes later, the Millers were indebted to Robertson for preventing Clucas from firing goalwards, in an inviting position, following McClean’s centre before Clucas turned provider as Vokes took aim from the edge of the box but Rodak was his equal with a smart, parried save to his left.

Half-time- Stoke City 2 Rotherham United 0

Following the break, Rotherham were caught napping from a short corner when Clucas and Bojan combined smartly, as the former floated a cross which saw Ryan Shawcross clamber over Joe Mattock to head downwards, but his effort failed to trouble the target.

The Millers almost got a foothold in the clash when Forde showed fleet of foot near the by-line to clip a centre which was met by the head of Robertson, who powered a header towards the bottom corner of the net but Butland showed his class by putting out a strong hand to divert the ball to safety.

Moments later, Stoke failed to deal with a long punt forward and Taylor got on the wrong side of Bruno Martins Indi to race into the box but Danny Batth stuck out a timely leg to prevent him shooting goalwards.

However, Stoke’s respite was only temporary as the Millers halved the deficit, just before the hour mark, when Forde swung an outswinging corner into the danger area and Smith emerged from the mass of bodies in the box to glance a smart header into the far corner of the net.

The Millers looked a transformed outfit following the goal and Warne introduced Ryan Williams and Newell into the fray, soon after.

It was Newell, who almost made an immediate impact, when he took advantage of a two-on-one corner situation involving Vaulks to waltz around Allen on the edge of the box before firing a left-footed effort, which appeared to take a slight deflection, forcing Butland into a superb fingertip save over his own bar.

The Millers were sensing a comeback was on the cards and they got themselves back on level terms with quarter an hour to go when Vaulks launched an exocet throw into the box and Ajayi knocked the ball down into the path of Crooks, who was in acres of space, and the former Northampton Town midfielder kept his composure to slide the ball into the bottom corner of the net.  

Warne’s side were pushing for an unlikely victory and Vaulks’ tame cross fell kindly for Crooks, who was twice denied, by a well-stationed defender, on the edge of the box before the Rotherham midfielder latched onto a weak Stoke clearance to dribble another effort which was bobbling towards goal but Shawcross was on-hand, from his own goalline, to hack the ball clear.

The Millers fans were in full voice and Ajayi tried his luck from distance with an effort which whistled harmlessly wide of the target before Newell latched onto Ihiekwe’s flick-on to hang a centre which saw Crooks tower above his marker to power a header which narrowly cleared the Stoke crossbar.

Crooks was in the thick of the action and Williams skipped to the by-line before pulling the ball back to the tall midfielder, who fired a rising effort from the edge of the box which was arrowing towards the top corner until Butland pulled off a world class save before the inspired midfielder embarked on a Messi-esque run into the box before a timely block denied him shooting towards goal, in a late Millers rally.

Full-time- Stoke City 2 Rotherham United 2   

Stoke City 2

Rotherham United 2

Teams:- Stoke- Butland, Allen, Williams, Etebo, Vokes (Adam 86), McClean, Batth, Martins Indi (Verlinden 86), Shawcross, Clucas, Bojan (Afobe 62). Unused- Federici, Bauer, Diouf, Woods.

Rotherham- Rodak, Vyner, Mattock, Vaulks, Ajayi, Forde (Newell 68), Taylor (Williams 68), Towell (Crooks 58), Robertson, Ihiekwe, Smith. Unused- Price, Wood, Vassell, Wiles.

Referee- A Woolmer

Attendance- 24250 (821)


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