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PREVIEW | Millers v Robins

1 October 2018

Bristol City are the opposition for Paul Warne's Rotherham United in the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday (KO 7:45pm) at the AESSEAL New York Stadium. We take a look at who the Millers will be facing in our opposition analysis...

In the Dugout

Lee Johnson will be in the dugout for Bristol City on Wednesday night. The 37-year old was a midfielder in his playing days, making over 400 career appearances representing Brighton, Brentford, Yeovil Town, Heart of Midlothian, Bristol City, Derby County, Chesterfield and Kilmarnock after progressing through Arsenal and Watford's academies respectively. Johnson also represented England C five times, scoring once.

After retiring in 2013, he took over at Oldham Athletic, taking up a role that made him the youngest manager in the Football League at the age of 31 at the time. After a few good seasons, he joined Barnsley in February 2015 before heading to Bristol a year later. He has claimed the English League Championship Manager of the Month once, in September 2017.

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Bristol City come into the game sitting 10th in the table, one point off the division’s Play-off places. In their last five games, Bristol have won twice, lost twice and drawn once. They haven't won in three games and in their last game, Bristol were held to a 1-1 draw, at home to Aston Villa. A 16th minute goal by Josh Brownhill was cancelled out by Birkir Bjarnason's header to give both teams a point in the Sky Bet Championship.

Previous Meetings

This is the 51st meeting between these sides with the Millers winning 22 of the fixtures between the clubs. Bristol have won 19 of the fixtures while there has been nine draws. Bristol haven't won at Rotherham since 1995, but did win the last time these teams met. Bristol won 1-0 in February 2017 at Ashton Gate, courtesy of a Milan Djurić goal to give Bristol all three points in the Sky Bet Championship.

Ones to Watch

Our ones to watch start with Finland international Niki Mäenpää. The 33-year old signed for Bristol on a free transfer in the summer from Premier League club Brighton and has made 26 appearances for the Finland senior side. Their other goalkeepers are Frank Fielding, who has represented England at Under 19 and 21 level, and Academy product Max O'Leary, who had a productive loan spell at Solihull Moors last season.

In defence, summer signing Adam Webster has filled the void Aden Flint had left in the Bristol defence. The £3.5 million signing has represented England at under 18 and 19 level, also playing for clubs such as Portsmouth, Aldershot Town and Ipswich Town.

In midfield, Josh Brownhill is another key figure in the Bristol City team. The former Manchester United youth player has made over 80 appearances for Bristol since joining in 2016 and could be line up alongside Irish winger Callum O'Dowda. The former Oxford United youth product has 10 caps for Republic of Ireland senior team since appearing eleven times for their U21 set up.

Upfront, Andreas Weimann is their top scorer this season. The Austrian made over 100 appearances for fellow Championship outfit Aston Villa and has produced five goals for Bristol this season since his summer move from Derby County. He could be partnered by Senegal international Famara Diédhiou who has scored over 15 goals in over thirty appearances for Bristol City.

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REPORT | Rotherham 0 v 0 Bristol City

3 October 2018

Rotherham 0
Bristol City 0

Rotherham United earned another valuable point but will wonder how they didn’t get all three as they dominated Bristol City at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Warne’s injury-ravaged side were dealt another blow before kick-off by the withdrawal of captain Richard Wood. The skipper had to be replaced by Jon Taylor with Will Vaulks – sporting a protective headband for a cut suffered in the warm-up - moving back into central-defence.

Despite their disrupted preparation, Rotherham started the better of the two teams and forced a free-kick in a good crossing position out on the right. Ryan Manning delivered a teasing cross that was blocked in the six-yard box before being cleared at the feet of Will Vaulks.

After all of Rotherham’s dominance they were almost undone by a ball over the top for Diedhiou who was well challenged by Vaulks before managing to go through on goal with 10 minutes gone.

The Millers fashioned another chance on 14 minutes after a good breakaway down the right-hand side. Jones curled in a good delivery for Williams who rose well but planted a powerful header wide of the post.

The ball was in the net on 23 minutes after Diedhiou turned home a wicked delivery from the right but the linesman’s flag was up before the striker connected with the ball in the box.

Warne’s men were enjoying most of the ball and the home fans were treated to a moment of class from Joe Newell on 29 minutes. The winger flicked the ball over his opponent’s head as he turned so eloquently in the box before seeing his effort on the volley blocked just wide.

It was all Rotherham and they forced another corner after a great, flowing moving on 37 minutes. Taylor raced onto a long ball and delivered for Williams who missed his attempt before the ball almost fell for Smith but a deflection almost caused an own goal. Another corner followed with Vaulks forcing Maenpaa into a brilliant low save to his right as the Millers’ stand-in skipper nodded downwards from six yards.

After the break Rotherham’s best chance of the match came on 52 minutes through Michael Smith. Newell curled in a brilliant cross from the left which found Smith unmarked seven yards out, but his header was high and wide.

Matt Palmer found himself unlucky on 58 minutes when poised to lash a shot at goal as he met Smith’s cushioned header, but the referee pulled him up for a handball when it looked like it came off the midfielder’s shoulder.

The visitors had a rare sight of goal two minutes past the hour but Diedhiou fired straight at Rodak from outside the box. The Millers had done well to contain the visitors and pressed with their typical high energy as you would expect from Warne’s charges. Rodak had to make a better save moments later when he punched clear Watkins’ angled drive from inside the area.

As the clock ticked over 70 minutes the visitors’ best chance fell for Watkins as he beat the offside trap to meet Hunt’s header. The Welshman saw his first short saved by Rodak, before his second attempt was blocked and then hit the post with his third bite of the cherry from a yard out.

At the other end Smith could have broken the deadlock but his finish was a tired one – but the praise had to go to Williams who made a mockery of his marker with a sweet turn on the left before delivering for Smith.

Again the home side came close but Taylor and Ajayi couldn’t get a clean connection after the Millers put in another dangerous corner with less than 15 minutes remaining – the move coming after the introduction of Anthony Forde and Ben Wiles.

The brilliant Williams got a good sight of goal, albeit from a tight angle, on 82 minutes as he sprang the offside trap but he could only fire straight at the ‘keeper. It was a superb run from the Australian to beat the linesman’s flag and he deserved more from his finish.

There was a let-off for Rotherham on 86 minutes when substitute Paterson curled at goal only to see his effort rattle the crossbar. Once again, the game swung the other way as the Millers countered, Williams having a shot deflect to Smith who forced Maenpaa into a good block.

In the first minute of four added, Ajayi did well to get in the way of Paterson’s volley as both teams went for the winner in the dying embers of the game.

Teams
Millers: Rodak, Mattock, Vaulks, Ajayi, Taylor, Palmer (Wiles 75), Manning, Newell (Forde 69), Williams, Smith, Jones.
Subs: Price, Onariase, Lewthwaite.

Bristol City: Maenpaa, Webster, Baker, Brownhill, Diedhiou, O’Dowda (Taylor 61), Weimann (Paterson 80), Kelly, Eliasson (Watkins 61), Pack, Hunt.
Subs: O’Leary, Dasilva, Walsh, Hegeler.

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 8, 187 (293)

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