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PREVIEW | Millers v Oxford United

18 October 2019

Rotherham United will be looking to continue the positive momentum of recent weeks as they welcome high-flying Oxford United to the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday, and you can find all of the key information ahead of the clash below...

Fixture: Rotherham United V Oxford United
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 19th October 2019
Kick-Off: 3:00pm
Venue: AESSEAL New York Stadium
Referee: S Oldham

 

Rotherham United

Form: WDDLWW
League Position: 10th
Top Scorer: Freddie Ladapo (4 goals)

Paul Warne will be feeling that the momentum is with his side as he looks to move up the league table once more, with a positive result against Oxford United. Warne will hopefully welcome new faces into the group from injury as he tries to get a complete squad back at his disposal.

With the away defeat at Bristol Rovers nearly forgotten about now, the Millers will have gone on a four-match winning streak in all competitions if they manage to pick up maximum points on Saturday. With there being no international break for Paul Warne’s side, it is a busy period for the Millers, with a match on Wednesday against Ipswich Town to prepare for as well.

Oxford United

Form: WWWDDW
League Position: 8th
Top Scorer: James Henry (8 goals)

Rotherham United welcome Karl Robinson’s Oxford United side to South Yorkshire who themselves come into this game off the back of an impressive win, with the Yellows beating Doncaster Rovers 3-0 last time out.

The visitors have not tasted defeat since the beginning of September and are on a hot run of form. Karl Robinson will be without Liverpool loan player Ben Woodburn as the Wales International suffered a broken foot two weeks ago against Accrington Stanley.

Robinson will also need to wait on the fitness of midfielder Alex Gorrin who picked up a knock in the last match, but he is expected to be fit for the weekend. Matty Taylor is back in training after an illness and should be available for selection. However, Former Miller Anthony Forde will miss out with a hamstring problem.

One to watch: James Henry

Oxford’s one to watch this weekend is striker James Henry. The attacking player has hit the ground running this season with eight goals and three assists in all competitions for the U’s.. If the Millers keep him quiet, that should bode well.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man joined the Yellows in 2017 after a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers. Henry began his career at Reading, and has spent time out obn loan at the likes of Millwall, Norwich City, AFC Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest. The 30-year old has also made appearances for three age categories of the Scottish national team. Henry netted twice for Oxford United in their previous match against Doncaster Rovers.

Talk

Paul Warne: "I lean on Richie Barker all of the time for information so it will be no different this weekend, but he knows Karl Robinson very well from his time at MK Dons and Oxford's style of play will be similar to what got him success during his spell there.

"We've watched their last few games and we have an idea of how they're going to play, but on the day it's another ball game completely. We'll prepare the lads on what they do in and out of possession and hopefully we can make it an entertaining game come Saturday."

Karl Robinson: “On Saturday I’m up against Riche Barker who probably knows more about me than any other man in football! We worked together for four and a half years, maybe five, so he knows all of the frustrations and all of the good things we went through together.

“I think they have one defeat in eight, we have none in seven, so looking at the form-teams there is Ipswich and then probably us two going head to head at the weekend.

“It’s a good game for us at a good time. If anyone dares get carried away around here then there are enough people in the building ready to remind them that we still have work to do.”

Coverage

iFollow Millers 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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