Rotherham United Preview vs Reading (H)

Millers to welcome Royals… 

Rotherham United will welcome Reading to the AESSEAL New York Stadium for this weekends Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3.00pm.

Paul Warne’s side were held to a 2-2 draw last Saturday when they faced Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Owlsstriker Lucas Joao scored in each half of the clash at Hillsborough, including firsthalf injurytime before two goals in nine secondhalf minutes through striker Michael Smith and Richie Towell turned the game around, however, with 26 minutes remaining Joao popped up to equalise for the Owls and condemn the Millers to a ninth draw of the campaign.

Rotherham will be hoping to return to winning ways sooner rather than later when managerless Reading come to town on Saturday and ahead of the clash Millers boss Paul Warne spoke to iFollow Millers.

Looking back on the result at Hillsborough Warne said: 

“I thought we played really well. We’ve shown it them back and we’re disappointed we didn’t win the game. We played a 4-4-1-1 with Willo (Ryan Williams) looking after Bannan when we didn’t have the ball. Half of me thinks if we threw the kitchen sink we could have won.” 

“I’m not blaming him at all, but I thought that if anyone would go on to win it and go into folklore it would have been Will Vaulks. Hopefully that elusive win will come sooner rather than later.” Warne added.

With the January transfer window coming up shortly Warne spoke about signings and departures: 

“I don’t really want to lose anyone but I only want to bring in people that want to come in and play. This window might pass by with no ins or outs and that’s fine with me. There’s nowhere on the pitch that we’re lacking talent.” 

“If there is an opportunity to improve us we’ll take it but we won’t be making drastic changes. My personal attitude is that we don’t want to sell anybody, which is the same as we had when Wardy (Danny Ward) was here. We convinced him to stay to the summer and he left with our best wishes.” Warne confirmed.

Striker Kyle Vassell has been out injured for a few weeks and Warne gave an update on his situation: 

“He’s improving but he’s not pain free and until he is he won’t go out to train. I’m hopeful that will come next week. I hope he can feature over the Christmas period but I don’t know.”

Warne also gave an update on defensive duo Sean Raggett and Clark Robertson: 

“He’s (Raggett) back in the matchday squad but he has to stay in there. Robbo (Clark Robertson) should be back this weekend and he’ll want his place back.”

Warne also spoke regarding the festive games that are coming up and revealed: 

“The games do come thick and fast. Every team will have disappointments but you have to lick your wounds and move on. They have to look after themselves away from the training ground and we do trust them to do that.” 

Last Time We Met…

The last meeting between Rotherham United and Reading came in the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

The clash took place at the Madejski Stadium on Monday 17 April with Reading claiming a 2-1 victory, with the Royals coming from behind thanks to second half goals from striker Lewis Grabban and midfielder John Swift after midfielder Tom Adeyemi put the Millers into the lead. 

Earlier in the season at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday 22 October, Reading won the game 1-0.

Defender Paul McShane grabbed the winner four minutes from time as the Royals upset Kenny Jackett’s first game in charge of the Millers.

Rotherham’s last win against Reading came in April 2015 thanks to goals from striker Matt Derbyshire and midfielder Lee Frecklington put the Millers into a 2-0 lead before Royals midfielder Oliver Norwood scored a consolation goal as the Millers won 2-1. 

The Opposition:

Reading head into the clash on Saturday afternoon on the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat against promotion chasing Sheffield United at the Madjeski Stadium last Saturday. 

The Royals haven’t won a fixture in over a month with their last win coming on 3rd November against Bristol City, a game which they won 3-2 thanks to goals from Yakou Meite, Liam Kelly and Leandro Bacuna.

Since the win against The Robins they have gone on a five match winless run (D 3 L 2). The defeats came against high-flying Leeds United and Sheffield United whilst draws against Ipswich, Wigan and Stoke City. 

Prediction:

I believe the Millers will get back to winning ways against managerless and struggling Reading on Saturday afternoon and get their first win over the Royals since April 2015.

The Royals winless run will continue here with the home faithful becoming the 12th man at the AESSEAL New York Stadium. 

Rotherham United 2-0 Reading

Picture Credit: Rotherham United

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