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PREVIEW | Millers v Lions

24 August 2018

Millwall are the visitors for Paul Warne's Rotherham United on Sunday at the AESSEAL New York Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship. We take a look at who the Millers will be facing in our opposition analysis.

In the Dugout

Neil Harris will be the man leading Millwall from the dugout on Sunday and he currently is the longest serving manager in the Championship. As a player, Harris played as a striker and represented Cambridge United, Millwall (twice), Cardiff City (Loan), Nottingham Forest, Gillingham (Loan) and Southend United. He made just over 500 career appearances and won the League One play-offs with Millwall in the 2009/10 season. As an individual, he was in the PFA Team of the Year 2000/01 for the second division and he is Millwall's record goalscorer with 138 goals in all competitions, ahead of Teddy Sheringham with 111. Harris is also fourth in Millwall's all-time appearances list with 432.

After retiring in June 2013, the 41 year old took up a coaching role at Millwall and was caretaker for the club on two separate occasions, 2014 and 2015. He was Millwall's U21 manager as well before being given the first team's manager position in April 2015. He won his first managerial honour in the 2016/17 season, when he got Millwall promoted to the Sky Bet Championship via the play-offs.

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Millwall currently sit 14th in the table on five points after four games. Two successive draws at the start of the season against Middlesborough and Blackburn was followed by a 3-1 win on penalties against Gillingham in the Carabao Cup. The Lions then beat Derby 2-1 last weekend but lost 2-1 away at Sheffield Wednesday last time out.

Previous meetings

This is the 35th meeting between the two sides. Rotherham have won 12 of these fixtures with there being 9 draws. Millwall have won 13 of the fixtures. However, the Lions have only won once in their last four trips to Rotherham, a 3-2 win in League One in September 2006. Rotherham have won the last two fixtures between the sides, with the most recent in February 2015. 10,329 were in attendance at the AESSEAL New York Stadium to watch Rotherham prevail 2-1, courtesy of goals from Danny Ward and Kári Árnason which cancelled Martyn Woolford's opener, for the Millers to take all three points in the Sky Bet League One encounter.

Ones to Watch

Our ones to watch start with Scottish goalkeeper Jordan Archer. The 25-year old started his professional career with Charlton Athletic before joining Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. He never made a competitive appearance for Spurs, but had successful loan spells at Harrow Borough, Bishop's Stortford, Wycombe Wanderers and Millwall before signing for the Lions permanently later in 2015. He has made over 100 appearances for the Lions and helped guide them to Sky Bet League One play-off victory in 2016/17 at Wembley. He has also represented Scotland at U19, U20, U21 and in May 2018, he earned his first senior cap for Scotland, a 2-0 defeat by Peru.

In defence, vice-captain Shaun Hutchinson has been ever present following his move from Fulham. Having previously represented Wallsend Boys Club and Motherwell, Fulham signed him in 2014 on a free transfer. He was a Scottish Cup runner up in the 2010/11 season, losing 3-0 to Celtic, and was Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Month in April 2012. He joined Millwall in June 2016 following his release from Fulham and was part of the side that won promotion via the play-offs in the 16/17 final. It is likely that he will be partnered by fellow play-off winner Jake Cooper, who signed from Reading in 2017. He has represented England at U18, U19 and U20 level.

In midfield, former Chelsea youth player George Saville is the creative spark. The Northern Ireland international scored 10 goals last season and could be partnered in the engine room by former Manchester United youth player Ryan Tunnicliffe on Sunday. The former England U16 and U17 international has been a revaluation for Millwall since joining in 2017 from Fulham. New winger Jirí Skalák has been coming off the bench in recent fixtures following his move from Brighton and youth product Fred Onyedinma is an exciting player who could be given an opportunity.

Upfront, Lee Gregory is one of the Lions’ the main threats. After rising through the non-league, his prolific spell at Halifax which included 95 goals in 155 appearances, earned him a move to Millwall in 2014. Since then he has scored 50 goals in over 150 appearances for the Lions and has scored once and assisted twice this season. He could be partnered by a number of strikers who include captain Steve Morrison, Irishman Aiden O'Brien, former AFC Wimbledon striker Tom Elliott or new signing Tom Bradshaw, who joined the club on Thursday on loan from Barnsley, with an option of a permanent in January.

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REPORT | Rotherham 1 v 0 Millwall

26 August 2018

Raggett earns Millers second win of the season.....

SEAN Raggett’s first goal in Millers colours proved decisive as Rotherham United earned their second Championship victory of the season, at the expense of Millwall.

In a finely balanced encounter at a soggy AESSEAL New York Stadium, the Londoners slipped to their second defeat in South Yorkshire in the space of a week when Raggett headed home from Will Vaulks’ cross before a fine defensive display from the Millers in the second half was enough to give Paul Warne’s side a much-needed victory.  

Following their narrow defeat at the hands of Hull City in midweek, Warne made two changes to his starting line-up for the visit of the Lions.

Norwich loanee Raggett returned to the heart of the Millers rearguard as Semi Ajayi, who celebrated a midweek call up to the Nigeria squad for the forthcoming international break, was asked to ply his trade in front of the back-four, in a holding midfield role.

In the attacking berths, Kyle Vassell was given an opportunity to impress as Jon Taylor had to settle for a place among the substitutes.

The Lions had the first sight of goal when Jed Wallace and Conor McLaughlin combined smartly on the right flank to split open the Rotherham defence but Joe Mattock was on his toes to snuff out the latter’s cross.

In Rotherham’s first foray of note, Ryan Manning latched onto a loose ball before taking aim from distance on his favoured left-foot but under pressure from Shaun Williams, the QPR loanee could only skew a long-range effort harmlessly wide before superb one-touch football involving Vaulks and Ajayi put Williams in the clear but Jake Cooper hacked his dangerous cross to safety – with one or two Rotherham attackers loitering with intent.

The home side opened the scoring on 20 minutes when a ball into the channel was headed for throw in by a retreating Lions defender and Vaulks looked set for a long-throw into the box but the Millers caught the Londoners napping with a short one – with Williams the grateful recipient. The Australian played the ball back into the path of Vaulks, who took a touch to deliver an inviting centre into the danger area and Raggett towered above his marker to glance the ball into the corner of the net past a motionless Jordan Archer.

The Millers were buoyed by the strike and Williams tried his luck from distance with a rasping effort which flew narrowly over the bar before Millwall frustration boiled over when Jed Wallace saw yellow for lashing out at Williams.

The home side were looking the most likely and Manning curled a tantalising free-kick into the box whereby Wood was inches away from making a telling connection, at the far post, before Mattock skipped to the by-line to hang a cross which saw Smith rise above Cooper but the Millers striker could not control his looping header, which dribbled harmlessly wide of the target.

Just past the half-hour mark, Smith showed fleet of foot to leave James Meredith grounded in the box before firing a cross which appeared to strike the arm of Ryan Tunnicliffe but the referee waved away home appeals before Millwall had a rare sight of goal when Tom Elliott’s knock down presented Jed Wallace with the opportunity to strike but his snap shot failed to trouble Marek Rodak in the home goal.

Minutes later, Zak Vyner was penalised for hacking down one time Millers target Lee Gregory on the edge of the box but Jed Wallace failed to make it count from the resultant free-kick when his tame effort was straight down the throat of Rodak.

Minutes later, Millwall made a hash of clearing Manning’s corner and following a game of head tennis involving Wood, Raggett and Vassell, Ajayi had a glimpse of goal but his low effort smashed into the side netting with Archer anxiously flying across goal.

With half-time approaching, Manning showed great awareness to latch onto Smith’s slide-rule pass before drilling a low effort through a ruck of bodies on the edge of the box but Archer smothered his effort before Williams bravely threw his body in the way of Tunnicliffe’s fierce effort, in the last noteworthy action of the half.

Half-time:- Rotherham United 1 Millwall 0

The visitors were quick out of the blocks at the start of the second half when Aiden O’Brien’s stubbed shot, under pressure from Ajayi, was gathered by Rodak before Raggett’s bone-crunching tackle on Elliott was the precursor for a Rotherham attack and Williams cut inside to deliver a cross which saw Vassell head wide from an acute angle.

Rodak’s weak clearance was latched upon by O’Brien, who cut inside to unleash a fierce effort from the edge of the box but Raggett put his body on the line to block his effort en-route to goal before Manning was the next to see yellow for a late lunge on Tunnicliffe, in the aftermath of the move.

From the resultant free-kick, Lions skipper Shaun Williams attempted to give Rodak the eyes, by firing a skimming effort to his near post, but the ball flashed narrowly wide before Raggett was forced to divert Jed Wallace’s cross-cum-shot to safety.

The Londoners were cranking up the pressure and the Millers were indebted to Rodak for preserving their slender lead when Williams’ curling corner was inch-perfect for Cooper, who headed goalwards but the Slovakian ‘keeper pulled off a top draw save to palm the ball into the air, before punching the ball behind, at the second attempt.

The Millers looked to have weathered the Lions mini-storm when Williams dragged an effort harmlessly wide from distance before Manning took advantage of superb work by Smith to curl a delightful effort, narrowly over the visitors bar.

The home side missed a chance to give themselves some much-needed breathing space when Smith started and finished a move – with a threaded ball into the channel which put Vassell away and the ex-Blackpool striker kept his nerve to play a perfectly-weighted pass back into the path of Smith, who took aim from the edge of the box, but Archer stood up tall to palm his goalbound effort to safety.

With the game on a knife-edge, Jed Wallace injected pace into a Lions move and Elliott got on the wrong side of his marker to scuff an effort towards goal but Rodak struck out a timely foot to clear the danger before home fans had their hearts in their mouths when Vaulks in avertedly headed Williams’ corner over his own crossbar.

Moments later, sub Tom Bradshaw was sniffing a debut goal when he met another dangerous Williams corner but the Welsh international could direct his effort towards goal, under pressure from home defenders before Jed Wallace took advantage of a weak home clearance to advance with menace before firing a left-footed effort which had Rodak nervously scurrying across goal, as it flew narrowly wide of the target.

Full-time- Rotherham United 1 Millwall 0

Rotherham United 1

Millwall 0

Teams:- Rotherham- Rodak, Vyner, Mattock, Vaulks, Ajayi, Wood, Manning, Vassell (Newell 86), R Williams, Smith (Proctor 76), Raggett. Unused- Bilboe, Palmer, Ball, Taylor, Robertson.

Millwall- Archer, McLaughlin, Meredith, Cooper, S Williams, J Wallace, Gregory (Bradshaw 65), Tunnicliffe (Morison 79), Elliott, O’Brien (Skalak 65), M Wallace. Unused- Amos, Ferguson, Romeo, Webster.  

Referee- G Eltringham

Attendance- 8197 (694)

 

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