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Millers looking for maximum start

21 August 2012

Evans' side aiming for away success...

The Millers travel to the Sixfields Stadium to take on Northampton Town as they look to build on their impressive start to the new nPower League Two campaign.

Steve Evans' side marked their official move home to the New York Stadium with a comfortable 3-0 win over Burton Albion on Saturday. Goals from Daniel Nardiello, Kayode Odejayi and Ben Pringle secured the three points which sees the Millers sit joint top of the table with Morecambe and Plymouth Argyle after the opening round of fixtures.

Tomorrow's hosts earned themselves a point on Saturday, as they fought out a closely contested game which ended in a goalless draw at newly relegated Rochdale.

Millers defender Johnny Mullins picked up a knock in the inaugural game at the weekend but boss Evans is hopeful he will be available for selection for the game against the Cobblers. Full-back Nicky Hunt remains on the sidelines with injury, as does fellow defender Dale Tonge who is recovering from an achilles problem.

Both fixtures involving the two sides ended in 1-1 draws last season in nPower League Two, with the most recent meeting coming on the 5th May at Don Valley.

Aidy Boothroyd strengthened his backline when he captured former Millers player David Artell in the summer, after contract difficulties with Port Vale saw him leave the club in August 2012, just a month after he had joined from promoted Crewe Alexandra. Rotherham-born Artell made 37 appearances for the Millers from 1998-2003.

Newly appointed Rotherham skipper Ian Sharps' physical presence in defence will be required to keep Northampton marksman Adebayo Akinfenwa at bay. The veteran forward finished as the Cobblers' top scorer last season managing an impressive 18 goals in all competitions.

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