Rotherham United Preview vs Norwich (A)

Millers face Canaries… 

Rotherham United are back on their travels this weekend when they face Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3.00pm.

Paul Warne’s men are currently on a seven match unbeaten run stretching back to 20 October, against Bolton Wanderers, the Millers have drawn six and won the other game during their unbeaten run.

Rotherham will be looking to extend the run against Warne’s boyhood club Norwich City on Saturday, and at the moment, ahead of the Championship fixtures this weekend, the Canaries sit top with one point ahead of Leeds United.

Speaking to iFollow Millers ahead of the clash the Millers chief spoke about the recent games: 

“We’re a little disappointed we didn’t get more points, but that’s the way football is. I thought we played really well against Sheff Utd, scoring late on made it feel like a point gained. The other night to concede late on feels like it is two points lost,” 

“When we are really at it, playing the best we can I feel that we can beat anyone on our day. We’ve had opportunities to win the last two games, it wasn’t to be, but in fairness to the opposition they are trying to beat us as well.” Warne added.

Warne also spoke about the recent praise the lads have been receiving

“The lads are performing to a level which makes us difficult to play against. Sometimes we get tarred with being long ball because we have Smithy (Michael Smith) up top, but in fairness to QPR they did that with their Smithy (Matt Smith) late on. ” 

Striker Kyle Vassell missed Tuesday nights 2-2 draw with QPR with a groin strain and Warne gave an update on his fitness. 

“We have given him a few down days. I have spoken to the medical team, we’ll take steps after we have given him time for the injury to settle. He trained fine Monday, but Tuesday he was in pain. I can’t see it settling down for the weekend.” Warne said.

On other team news ahead of the clash this weekend Warne confirmed: 

“There are a few aches and pains. Jon Taylor hyper-extended his knee which is why he had to come off.

“We’ll have a good look at him. He’ll tell me he is 100% but he always says that! I don’t think there are any other issues.” 

Last Time We Met… 

The last meeting between Rotherham United and Norwich City came in the 2016/17 Championship season.

The clash took place at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday 14 January 2017 with the Millers winning the contest 2-1. Striker Jerry Yates gave the hosts the lead on seven minutes before Norwich were reduced to ten-men for a foul by Nelson Oliveira on Kirk Broadfoot.

The visitors equalised after half-time through striker Cameron Jerome on 51 minutes but it took four minutes for the Millers to respond and score the winner through midfielder Tom Adeyemi.

Earlier in the season at Carrow Road on Saturday 15 October, Norwich ran out 3-1 winners.

Midfielder Wes Hoolahan gave the hosts the lead on 17 minutes before striker Jerome, who scored in the meeting at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, doubled the lead for the Canaries.

Striker Dexter Blackstock pulled one back for the Millers with 16 minutes to go but striker Steven Naismith sealed the three points with one minute remaining. 

The Opposition… 

Norwich City head into the clash on Saturday afternoon on the back of a goalless draw at the KCOM against Hull City on Tuesday.

That point kept the Canaries top of the league ahead of Saturdays fixtures.

Prior to facing the Tigers, Norwich had won their previous three encounters in the league starting on 3rd November when they beat fellow South Yorkshire outfit Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 at Hillsborough, before a 4-3 win over Millwall at Carrow Road and they then went to the Liberty Stadium and beat Swansea 4-1.

Norwich City’s last defeat in the Championship came back on 6 October when Gary Rowett’s Stoke City beat the Canaries 1-0 at Carrow Road, since then in the league they have won six and drawn one of their last seven games. 

Prediction… 

It will be a tough ask for Paul Warne’s men to go to Carrow Road and get all three points, however, if they perform well like they’ve done in the previous seven games then the Millers could take a positive result.

Overall with Norwich playing some good football at this moment in time it’s hard to look past an home victory for this clash at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Sorry Millers fans. 

Norwich City 3-1 Rotherham United

Picture Credit: Rotherham United

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