Rotherham United Preview vs Blackburn Rovers (A)

Millers set for Rovers trip…

Rotherham United are back on the road this weekend when they take on Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Millers last two away games saw them claim a point against Middlesbrough and Preston. But Paul Warne’s men head into the game against Tony Mowbray’s side on the back of a 2-1 win over Swansea City, a game in which they had to work hard for.

On Tuesday Millersmidfielder Ryan Williams spoke to the 92 Blog’s Rotherham reporter Russ and looked back on the game:

“We went 1-0 down and we shown real good character to weather the storm and we managed to stay in the game at 1-0 and we worked hard to stop them playing and we managed to get a penalty and scored it and we then got the other penalty and scored it,” he said.

“We worked really hard for the three points, some may say we got a bit lucky but the harder you work the luckier you end up getting.”

At Ewood Park this weekend the Millers will be without fellow midfielder Will Vaulks, who collected his fifth yellow card of the season against the Swans which means he’s suspeneded this weekend and Williams said that they will miss the midfielder despite jokingly saying they wouldn’t:

“Nah we won’t miss him,” he said jokingly.

“Obviously we’ll miss Will we’ll miss anyone even the ones who don’t start but look it gives the other boys an opportunity, from what I think, Ryan Manning should come straight in and i’m quite confident in every single player in our squad to come in and do a job.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Ewood Park, Williams spoke about the start Blackburn have had and how he thinks the Millers will get on and he said:

“They’ve done really well, I mean we are going to go there try and play our game and stop them from playing their game as well and work hard and see where it gets us.”

Speaking ahead of the game to the clubs iFollow Millers boss Paul Warne gave an update on some team news saying:

“We haven’t got Will Vaulks available because of suspension and that’s a bit of a blow. He did have a knock though, so we’ve been able to take him off the grass. Sean Raggett is back out there and should start squad training in two weeks.”

The Millers chief also said they’ve got a few options regarding midfield selections to replace Vaulks saying:

“I’ve got Matty Palmer and Wilesy (youngster Ben Wiles) as well as the others. I’ve always said it’s next man up and there’s no issues there.”

On this weekends opponents Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Warne said he’s expecting it to be a tough game:

“I’m expecting a tough game as I do every week. With Dack playing as a 10, he’s one of the outstanding players in the Champ this season. Out of the three teams that got promoted, they’re the shining light.”

He also spoke about the clubs form away from home: “I’ve said no end of times that performances are good but it’s points that matter.” he said.

“I think the lads have a bit more confidence ahead of away games.”

Last Time We Met…

The last meeting between the Millers and Blackburn Rovers came in Sky Bet League One in January 2018 during the 2017/18 season.

The clash at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, which took place on New Years Day, ended in a 1-1 draw with striker David Ball, currently on-loan at Bradford City, scoring an 89th minute equaliser to cancel out Bradley Dack’s opener to ensure the points were shared.

Earlier in the same season at Ewood Park, where the clash takes place on Saturday, Rovers claimed a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Marcus Antonsson and Harrison Chapman, that was a victory that Rovers did deserve.

The last victory for Rotherham at Ewood Park came back in 1979 when they won 3-0 under the management ship of Jimmy McGuigan.

The Opposition… 

Blackburn Rovers head into this encounter with the Millers following a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers last Saturday at Ewood Park, a result which means Rovers have won three of their last six games drawing once and losing twice.

Their last defeat at Ewood Park came in October when fellow South Yorkshire side Sheffield United claimed a 2-0 win since then they’ve beaten Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers at home along with Bolton Wanderers away and losing to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Prediction…

It will be a tough game on Saturday afternoon for the Millers, however they will be very pleased with their last two away performances and will be hoping to replicate that here at Ewood Park.

Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Rotherham United

Picture Credit: Rotherham United

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