Rotherham United Preview Vs Aston Villa (A)

Rotherham United take a trip to Aston Villa on Tuesday evening at Villa Park, a game you can see via the red button service on Sky. 

The Millers head into the game against the Villians on the back of a 1-0 victory over Derby County, a game in which, the Rams duo Tom Lawrence and Frank Lampard saw red.

Rotherham boss Paul Warne spoke after the game against the Rams to the media and said: “I thought our performance, first-half, was very good. We were the better team and had more possession of the ball, I think.

Our set-pieces weren’t as good as they have been but I thought we deserved to go one or two up at half-time. I was really pleased and after the first five minutes, the lads grew into it and got a bit of confidence. 

“Obviously they were going to come at us and I thought they had the edge, second-half. But I don’t think my ‘keeper’s made any saves that I can recall. Then obviously to get the penalty and them down to 10 men – I’m never a fan of it.

I know fans love it when you see a player get sent off. I don’t think it helps the game but I understand why the ref has to do it. But I think it’s harder to play against 10 than it is 11″ Warne revealed. 

“Then they could be a bit more gung-ho and my fans want me to put seven up-front so it’s mayhem! It made it edgier, them going down to 10 men.

Overall, I thought we were deserved of the win and we were excellent. If we play that well at home and really battle and scrap the way the lads had to, I think we’ll be okay.

“The quality of player they’ve got and quality of bench they’ve got, it’s going to be a really tough ask of the lads. But I’ve got really good coaches, we set up in a really good way to try and frustrate them and to try and counter-attack. The lads grew in confidence and really fancied it” Warne continued.

Warne also spoke about the penalty decision which won them the game against Lampard’s men and explained: “I didn’t see why it was given but I was pleased, and even more pleased when it hit the net.

I can’t honestly say I saw anything but there must have been something because when the ball went into the box, the crowd yelped. The linesman was waving furiously but I didn’t know if he was waving for a foul on us or by us.”

On team news ahead of Villa the game Rotherham gaffer confirmed that both Clark Robertson and Sean Raggett are still unavailable due to injury.

The Opposition:

Aston Villa head into the game on the back of securing a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers, from what I saw was undeserved, when Conor Hourinane’s free-kick curled around the wall and into the bottom corner.

The Villians who currently sit 12th in the Sky Bet Championship table having only won twice in the league have only picked up seven out of a possible 18 points in their last six outings and manager Steve Bruce will be hoping their fortunes change very quickly.

Predicted XI:

Rotherham United: Rodak; Vyner, Ajayi, Wood, Mattock; Williams, Vaulks, Towell, Manning, Vassell; Smith.

Prediction:

It will be a tough game for both clubs but I feel that Rotherham will just have the edge to win the game at Villa Park.

Aston Villa 0-1 Rotherham United

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