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PREVIEW | Millers v Gills

26 October 2017

The Millers return to the AESSEAL New York Stadium this weekend as they host Gillingham.

It is the final game in October, which has seen Paul Warne’s side pick up seven points from a possible 12 in the league.

Last Time Out

The Millers

The Millers were involved in a high-scoring 3-3 draw at the Kassam Stadium last weekend, despite being 3-1 down against Oxford.

The Millers opened the scoring in the 21st minute through Joe Newell after a sweet left-footed volley, but within a minute Oxford equalised through Jack Payne.

Oxford took the lead when Josh Ruffels found space in the penalty area before beating Marek Rodak, but the ‘keeper kept the Millers in the game moments later when he saved Ryan Ledson’s penalty.

Oxford did get another goal in the 40th minute after the Millers failed to deal with a corner, allowing Curtis Nelson to poke the ball in from close range.

The Millers found a way back into the contest before half-time after Oxford failed to deal with a long throw, allowing Ryan Williams to net from 12 yards.

The scoring settled down after the break but with 12 minutes remaining Williams squared the ball to Kieffer Moore who levelled from eight yards.

Opposition

Gillingham will be seeking the form which saw them beat Peterborough recently, after suffering a 2-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Northampton Town last weekend.

Northampton took the lead on the stroke of half-time as Daniel Powell netted from long range.

Gillingham equalised just after the hour mark as a ball over the top of the defence wasn’t dealt with, and Lee Martin controlled before sliding the ball under the ‘keeper to level the scores.

Northampton won the game with a spectacular free-kick from Matt Grimes.

Ones to watch

Striker Tom Eaves has scored five times for Gillingham averaging a goal every 160.6 minutes.

Eaves, a former Rotherham loanee, joined Gillingham in the summer from Yeovil Town.

He signed for Rotherham on loan from Bolton Wanderers in September 2013, but his loan stint lasted just two months, heading back to Lancashire after only a handful of appearances and one goal.

Head to Head

This is the first meeting between the two sides since the 2013/14 season.

It was a good year for the Millers who did the double over Gillingham, starting with a home success in November 2013. Goals from Nouha Dicko, Kieran Agard, Ben Pringle and James Tavernier secured an impressive 4-1 victory. Adebayo Akinfenwa grabbed a consolation for the Gills.

The reverse fixture at Priestfield was another high-scoring encounter. After Akinfenwa had cancelled out Agard’s opener, Myles Weston put the Gills 2-1 in front in the second half.

Sub Tom Hitchcock levelled before Bradley Dack quickly put Gillingham back in front. With the game seemingly going the way of the hosts, Hitchcock equalised before winning the game, and completing his hat-trick in the process, with a 93rd minute strike to make it 4-3.

Injury News

Jon Taylor could start on Saturday after returning from injury as a sub in the draw against Oxford. 

Midfielder Darren Potter may return after resuming training, but Lee Frecklington and Ben Purrington remain sidelined.


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