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PREVIEW | Millers v Rovers

28 February 2019

Blackburn Rovers are the next team to travel to the AESSEAL New York Stadium, as they face Paul Warne’s Rotherham United in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday. Here, we take a look at who the Millers will be facing in our opposition analysis…

In the Dugout

Tony Mowbray will be the man sitting in the dugout for Blackburn on Saturday. The 55-year old played as a defender in his playing career, representing Middlesbrough, Celtic and Ipswich Town, making over 550 career appearances as well as representing England B three times. In his playing career, he won promotion three times, twice with Middlesbrough and one with Ipswich Town.

After retiring, he was caretaker boss at Ipswich in October 2002 before taking over at Hibernian in 2004. Since Hibernian, he has had spells at West Bromwich Albion, Celtic, Middlesbrough and Coventry City before joining Blackburn Rovers in February 2017. As a manager, he has had two promotions, one with West Brom in 2008 and the other one with Blackburn last season from League One.


Blackburn currently sit in 15th position in the Sky Bet Championship table. In their last five games, they have lost four and drawn once, with their last win coming in the form of a 3-0 home victory over Hull City in late January. In their last five matches, Blackburn have conceded 11 goals and scored five. They have also picked up a red card in that run with Derrick Williams being sent off in their 0-1 defeat against Middlesbrough.

Their last game was a 2-2 away draw against Birmingham City. Che Adams opened the scoring for the hosts before Charlie Mulgrew equalised for Blackburn. Rovers took the lead in the 83rd minute with Danny Graham scoring but two minutes later, Adams scored his second to equalise for the Blues to share the points.

Previous Meetings

This is the 44th meeting between the sides with Rotherham winning 11of these fixtures. Blackburn have won 24, while there have been eight draws. In the last twelve games, Blackburn have won seven of these fixtures, with Rotherham only winning once. A 2-0 victory in September 2014 at the AESSEAL New York Stadium gave the Millers all three points in the Championship after first-half goals from Kári Árnason and Luciano Becchio. The last fixture that was played was on November 2018, with a 1-1 away draw. Michael Smith opened the scoring in the 75th minute before Bradley Dack scored in the 81st minute to equalise.

Ones to Watch

Our Ones to Watch start with Spanish international David Raya. The 23-year old goalkeeper started at youth academy at UE Cornellà before joining Blackburn in 2012. He signed his first professional contract with Blackburn in February 2014. He had a productive loan spell at Southport before returning to his parent club. He made his league debut for Blackburn in April 2015, keeping a clean sheet in a 3-0 victory over Leeds United.

In defence, Ryan Nyambe is youngster to keep an eye on. The 21-year old, who hails from Namibia, has come through Blackburn’s youth system and has been ever-present in the right-back spot. He has made over 70 appearances for the club and could be partnered by former England international Jack Rodwell who has been transformed into a centre-back. The 27-year old has represented Everton, Manchester City and Sunderland in his career and has three senior caps for England after representing the U16, U17, U19 and U21 side.

In midfield, Bradley Dack has been the star man for Blackburn this season. The former Gillingham midfielder has scored 14 goals and has nine assists to his name, making him the main danger man for this fixture.

Upfront, the experienced Danny Graham is close behind Dack in the scoring charts. The striker sits on 12 for the season, with three assists and the former Sunderland and Swansea striker will be looking to surpass his teammate by the end of the season.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Rotherham 3 v 2 Blackburn

2 March 2019

Millers earn crucial win....

SEMI Ajayi was the Rotherham United hero as his third goal in two games was the catalyst for his side’s 3-2 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

The home side went ahead early on thanks to Ajayi’s smart header but Rotherham were pegged back when Amari’I Bell levelled matters, in the second half.

However, Warne’s side were not to be outdone and sub Ryan Williams’ first goal of the season and Ajayi’s second of the game earned them a vital victory in their fight for Championship survival, despite Charlie Mulgrew’s late spot kick.   

Following their hard-fought point at relegation rivals Reading last weekend, Warne kept his faith with his starting line-up for the second successive match for the visit of the Lancastrians.

There was a familiar face in the Rovers line-up with Wembley hero Richie Smallwood lining up against his former club.

The Millers were quick out of the blocks and they stunned the visitors by breaking the deadlock with their first foray into enemy territory.

After forcing an early throw in an inviting position, Will Vaulks wiped the ball down with a towel before launching an exocet throw into the box and Ajayi emerged from the ruck of bodies to tower above Danny Graham and direct a downward header, which dribbled into the far corner of the net giving David Raya no chance.

Warne’s side were lifted by the breakthrough and Clark Robertson nodded goalwards before Vaulks latched onto a weak Rovers clearance to fire a snap shot from just inside the box which whistled past the far post.

Rovers’ early frustration was summed up when Smallwood was yellow-carded for a late challenge on Vaulks before a long sweeping ball from the back saw Bell get the better of Jon Taylor to dart into the area before playing a tantalising ball which beat the outstretched hand of Marek Rodak, but Billy Jones was on-hand to hack the ball clear.

Moments later, Rotherham failed to deal with a Mulgrew free-kick into the box and Jack Rodwell attempted an acrobatic overhead kick which, fortunately for the Millers, was straight down the throat of Rodak, who was well-stationed on his own line.

At the other end, Anthony Forde was hauled back by Ryan Nyambe and from the resultant free-kick, the Irish winger delivered an inviting centre which saw Vaulks ghost away from his marker to glance a header which blazed over the Rovers bar.

Just before the half-hour mark, Robertson was the next to see yellow for tugging back Bradley Dack’s shirt – although he was booked retrospectively – with the referee giving Rovers the initial advantage, although the visitors failed to make it count.

With half-time approaching, Bell rampaged into the Rotherham area but he was crowded out by a number of retreating defenders before Richie Towell hoicked an effort harmlessly wide of the target, in the last noteworthy action of the half.

Half-time- Rotherham United 1 Blackburn Rovers 0

The home fans had their hearts in their mouths at the start of the second half when Mulgrew delivered an inswinging corner into the box and with Rodak losing his footing under the challenge of a Rovers attacker, the ball smashed against the inside of the post, before rolling to safety.

Moments later, Mattock was deservedly cautioned for hauling back Nyambe and Rovers punished the Millers to the full from the resultant free-kick when Mulgrew planted another delicious centre into the danger area and Michael Ihiekwe could only balloon a header into the air and with Rodak failing to take charge of the high ball, Bell capitalised on the hesitation to volley into the roof of the Rotherham net from close range.

The Millers responded positively to the setback and Smith tried his luck with a peashooter from distance but Raya got his body behind his shot before Rodak was well positioned to deny Dack, at the other end.

Just before the hour mark, Rotherham regained the lead when sub Ben Wiles injected pace into a home move to leave Lewis Travis in his wake to present Vaulks with the chance to clip a cross which Smith attempted to turn goalwards but the ball dropped invitingly for Williams, who showed great anticipation, to nip in front of Raya, to fire home from close range.

The Millers’ slender advantage was put to the test, almost immediately, when firstly Bennett got around the back to float an inviting centre which was met by the head of Graham, but the former Middlesbrough striker could not direct his header goalwards before Bennett’s threaded pass saw Dack evade the attentions of Wiles to fire an effort which fizzed narrowly wide of the target.

Minutes later, the home side were indebted to Ihiekwe for a timely clearance before Adam Armstrong raced at the Millers defence to present Dack with an opportunity to strike, but his low effort smashed into the side netting.  

The visitors were upping the tempo and after Robertson was penalised for hauling down Bennett, Mulgrew, on this occasion, went for goal but Rodak was his equal with a routine save before Rothwell raced from the heart of midfield to drill a low effort which had the Slovakian stopper scrambling across goal, as it flew narrowly wide of the target.

With the AESSEAL New York Stadium in full voice, Rotherham sealed the deal with six minutes remaining when Blackburn failed to handle another Vaulks long-throw and in the aftermath, Wiles played a slide-rule ball back to the ex-Falkirk midfielder, who delivered a tantalising centre into the danger area and Ajayi arched his neck, to direct a superb header into the top corner of the net.

Moments later, the lively Wiles fired over into the home faithful from a promising position before Blackburn were handed a late lifeline when Dack’s dribbled shot cannoned against the post before rolling out in the goalmouth where Graham, in attempting to tap home, was felled by Ihiekwe and the referee pointed to the spot.

Mulgrew kept his nerve from the resultant penalty to wrong foot Rodak, by firing into the roof of the net – but the goal was purely a consolation, as the referee brought the game to a conclusion, soon after.

Full-time- Rotherham United 3 Blackburn Rovers 2

Rotherham United 3

Blackburn Rovers 2

Teams:- Rotherham, Rodak, Mattock, Vaulks, Ajayi, Forde (Williams 46), Taylor (Crooks 79), Towell (Wiles 53) Robertson, Ihiekwe, Smith, Jones. Unused- Price, Wood, Yates, Newell.

Blackburn- Raya, Nyambe, Rodwell, Smallwood (Rothwell 46), Armstrong (Nuttall 79), Graham, Mulgrew, Bell, Dack, Travis, Bennett (Reed 90) Unused- Leutwiler, Brereton, Evans, Conway

Referee- J Brooks

Attendance- 9663 (1400)




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