Rotherham United Preview vs Sheffield Wednesday (A)

Millers to face Owls… 

Rotherham United are set for another game on their travels when they face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3.00pm.

Paul Warne’s men saw their seven match unbeaten run come to end at Carrow Road as they fell to a 3-1 defeat against Norwich City and Warne will be hoping his side can go on another unbeaten run starting on Saturday.

Speaking to iFollow Millers ahead of the clash at Hillsborough, the Millers chief spoke about the preparation ahead of the game: 

“We’re trying to get a few back on the pitch. The lads are looking forward to the game, as they do all of them. With it being a South Yorkshire derby there might be a bit more to it.” said Warne.

Speaking about the clubs form Warne admitted: 

“I take confidence from a lot of things. I take confidence from the fact we went to Norwich, who are top of the league and were excellent early on. We look forward to the game.”

The Millers boss also gave an update on some team news ahead of the South Yorkshire derby: 

“This week we haven’t had Robbo (Clark Robinson), (Joe) Newell, (Matt) Palmer and (Kyle) Vassell. I’m pretty hopeful that at least two of them will be back for us. Sean Raggett is a little bit closer as well.” 

Speaking about Raggett at today’s presser Warne said: 

“I don’t think he’s quite ready yet but we’ve always got options. If someone is injured, the next man steps up. There are a lot of patient lads in there and that keeps the standards up.”

Warne also spoke about the FA Cup draw which was made on Monday and saw his side come up against Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions Manchester City: 

“I know Pep (Guardiola) will be hugely excited, he might need to calm down! Joking aside, it’s a good draw,

“It’ll be a great occasion for everyone and hopefully it will be a good day. I thought the lads came out with great credit from Everton. We look forward to the game but we’ve got loads of games before then, so we’ll address it when we’re closer to it.” Warne explained. 

Last Time We Met… 

The last meeting between Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday came in the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season.

The clash took place at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Tuesday 4 April 2017 with the Owls claiming a 2-0 victory thanks to striker Steven Fletcher’s first half brace. Fletcher opened the scoring on 19 minutes before scoring his second a minute before the half-time interval.

Earlier in the season at Hillsborough on Saturday 17 December, Sheffield Wednesday won the game 1-0.

Striker Steven Fletcher scored a dubious penalty in second half stoppage time, which saw Millersdefender Richard Wood sentoff for a foul which was outside the area.

The tackle from Wood also saw the Millers skipper win the ball first and the Owls striker go down quite easily.

The last win at Hillsborough for Rotherham United in the league came in March 2016 when striker Matt Derbyshire, now at Omonia Nicosia, scored after 21 minutes to give the Millers a 1-0 lead, prior to that it was August 2002 when they came from 1-0 down to claim a 2-1 victory.

Owls defender Craig Armstrong gave the hosts an eighth minute lead before a penalty was converted by striker Alan Lee on 29 minutes before a 90th minute winner for the Millers by midfielder Darren Garner.

In the Millers XI in 2002 when they won at Hillsborough was current boss Paul Warne, goalkeeper coach Mike Pollitt whilst assistant manager Richie Barker came off the bench in the 85th minute.

The Opposition… 

Sheffield Wednesday head into the clash on Saturday afternoon on the back of a disappointing 4-2 defeat against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park last Saturday.

The Owls have been under a bit of pressure recently with only two wins since the start of October.

During that run the Owls have played Bristol City in which they won before a run of four straight defeats against Middlesbrough, Queens Park Rangers, Birmingham City and Norwich City.

After the defeat against Norwich City, the Owls keeper Cameron Dawson smartly saved a penalty from Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick to claim a goalless draw at Bramall Lane.

The deserved point at Bramall Lane was followed up by a 2-1 home defeat against Derby County before a 1-0 home win against Bolton Wanderers which was the game prior to the embarrassing 4-2 defeat to Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn Rovers. 

Prediction:

I think the Millers will have enough to pile more pressure on Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay and claim a first league win at Hillsborough since 2002.

The Owls are on a bad run of form and Luhukay is under immense pressure to deliver results but I can’t see him being able too in this fixture. 

Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Rotherham United

Picture Credit: Rotherham United

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