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PREVIEW | Millers v Coventry City

4 October 2019

Following the away defeat to Bristol Rovers last weekend, Rotherham United will host in-form Coventry City this Saturday and you can find all of the key information ahead of the clash below...

Fixture: Rotherham United V Coventry City
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 5th October 2019
Kick-Off: 15:00
Venue: The AESSEAL New York Stadium
Referee: D Handley

Rotherham United

Form:  DLWDDL
League Position: 13th
Top Scorer: Freddie Ladapo (4 goals)

The best way to get over a defeat is to go and win the next game, and that will be exactly what is in the mind of Millers boss Paul Warne as he and Rotherham United welcome Mark Robins and Coventry City to the AESSEAL New York Stadium..

Going into this weekend’s match, Warne will be hoping that his side can maintain the defensive resilience that the Millers have shown of late, whilst offering a threat up the other end. 

From the treatment room, Matt Olosunde could make a return to the starting line-up this weekend versus the Sky Blues, whilst other players such as Trevor Clarke, Kyle Vassell and Chiedozie Ogbene remain sidelined due to their respective injury problems. 

Coventry City

Form:  DWWDWD
League Position: 4th
Top Scorer: Matt Godden and Jordy Hiwula (4 goals)

The visitors to the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday are arriving on the back of a six-match unbeaten run in all competitions, the last defeat coming at the end of August, away to Watford in the Carabao Cup.

In terms of league form, the Sky Blues are in amazing form coming into the match. They are one of only two sides yet to be beaten in Sky Bet League One this season, and they have picked up 20 points from their opening 10 matches. 

In their last match, Coventry were held to a 1-1 draw by Doncaster Rovers. One thing that will give some hope to Rotherham United supporters is that the visitors are yet to taste success on the road. 

Injury wise for the visitors, the Sky Blues are expected to be without Liam Kelly (ankle) and Jamie Allen (hip), but failing any last minute injuries, Robins could name an unchanged or very similar line-up from the draw against Doncaster Rovers last time out.

One to watch: Matt Godden

The one to watch this weekend is the Sky Blues' forward man, Matt Godden, who joined the club in the summer from Peterborough United.

The striker has fired in four goals so far this season, making him Coventry City’s top goal scorer for the season so far, and he has one assist to his name as well. 

Godden started his youth career at Scunthorpe United before going on to make 18 professional appearances for the Iron. The 28-year-old stayed at the Humberside club until 2014, littered with loan spells to the likes of Ilkeston Town, Gainsborough Trinity, Ebbsfleet United and lastly, Tamworth.

He then made a permanent switch to Ebbsfleet United in 2014, where he made 70 appearances before moving to Stevenage where he made 74 appearances for the EFL outfit over a two year spell.

Most recently, the striker moved to Peterborough United where he spent one year before Coventry City snapped him up and now he is the team’s joint top goal scorer with four goals in 11 appearances.

Talk

Richie Barker: "They're at the top end of the league for a reason. I think once you get 10 games in, if you're up there then you deserve to be.

"The fact that they are unbeaten shows a lot as well. They are a very young, athletic and technically gifted team.

"They move the ball about very well and we'll have to set ourselves out with a plan to get the ball back, but then when we get it, work on what we are going to do to hurt them."

Mark Robins: “We have to be better away, we’ve been very close to three points on a few occasions. You go back to the Bolton game and we won it, if you look at the facts we drew, but we had two goals ruled out that were nailed on goals.

“It will be an interesting game and we will be right up for it and we will try and please our supporters again because we’ve sold a large number.”

Coverage

iFollow will be providing full 90-minute commentary from the match, whilst the Rotherham United Twitter and Facebook feeds will be providing live updates for the entirety.

Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on YouTube, iFollow and social media.


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