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A Lucky Ground?
A Lucky Ground?

Rotherham v Grimsby

By: Alex Green
Date: 02/11/2007

CAN we finally have a nice Saturday? Most probably not but you never know and we won at Rotherham only a few weeks ago.

Home > 2007-2008 Season > Previews > Rotherham (a)


The Opposition

Overview

Things are looking up for Rotherham after the previous meeting only a few weeks ago 7 points out of a possible 9 see the Millers only one place out of the play-offs and the potential to challenge for a promotion spot over the season. Most of you will be aware of their plight last season after been docked the now obligatory ten points after going into administration Rotherham clawed their way back out of the relegation places to the wonderment of many before forgetting to finish the season off and plunging back down and finally been relegated to the bottom tier of the Football League. Manager Mark Robins (left) is experiencing his first spell as a manager after being appointed in March of this year to replace Alan Knill. Knill had first taken over from the cult figure of Ronnie Moore who had inspired a Buckleyesque climb of the Football League before leaving back in 2005, after which Knill took a brief spell in charge followed by former Forest manager Mick Harford with his departure followed by Knill's full chance of management, which failed in March.

This Season
Mark Robins (above) have tried his best to convert a team ready to bounce right back to league one at the first time of asking. It’s so far so good as they tenth in the league and some promising performances under their belt it is defiantly something to build on in the early season period. Rotherham have some very bright and talented players coming through the ranks in Liam King, Stephen Brogan (left) and Chris O’Grady; it's these players which have helped Rotherham push forward this season and turn around their dreadful run over the last few seasons.

Key Player
Chris O’Grady. The former Leicester City striker has an impressive past naming his highlight as scoring a penalty against Internazionale which is something different at this level. Otherwise the 21 year old has started his career brightly with an impressive resume at Leicester, Notts County Rushden and now Rotherham. O’Grady seems to have started the season in the same vein with 3 goals from seven and some impressive displays of maturity. The front man will be given the chance to lead the front line at the weekend after impressing in the last few games.

Recent Form

TownRotherham
DBradford(h)1-1
LWycombe(a)0-3
LRochdale(h)1-2
DRotherham(a)1-1 (4-2p)
LPeterborough(a)1-2
Currently 21st in League Two.
WDagenham(a)2-0
WMorecambe(h)3-1
DBrentford(a)1-1
DGrimsby(h)1-1 (2-4p)
WMansfield(h)3-2
Currently 8th in League Two.

Top Scorers

TownRotherham
Ciaran Toner4
Paul Bolland3
Holmes4
O'Grady4

Team News

TownRotherham

  • Keeper Phil Barnes is suspended, so Gary Montgomery will make his Town debut between the sticks, ironically against his former club Rotherham.

  • Paul Bolland has been struggling for the last few weeks with an ankle injury and may is still a serious doubt.

    Striker Isaiah Rankin has a stomach bug and looks unlikely to play, meaning Alan Buckley will be forced to change his strike force in some way. The Town boss could go back to 4-5-1, although without Bolland Town are one midfielder short already. The alternatives are to play another striker such as Taylor or North in Rankin's place.

  • Team news to follow,
  • Probable Teams

    TownRotherham
    G13Montgomery
    D14Logan
    D6Fenton
    D15Whittle (C)
    D3Newey
    M7Till
    M4Hunt
    M11Boshell
    M10Toner
    F20Taylor
    F23Butler
    G1Warrington
    DTBACresswell
    D5Sharps
    D6Coughlan (C)
    D12Joseph
    M7Todd
    MTBABean
    M4Harrison
    M17Newsham
    F15O’Grady
    F21Cahill

    Subs

    TownRotherham
    td>5
    Bennett
    2Clarke
    18Bore
    9North
    19Jones
    27Annerson
    18Duncum
    8P.Holmes
    9D Holmes
    3Hurst

    Head to Head

    The Millers have the upper hand over Town over all time but Grimsby have only lost 2 out of the last 12 fixtures between the two clubs.

    P 51 W 17 D 11 L 23 F 66 A 70

    Rotherham Head-to-Head (71st on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 1-1 Rotherham (Tue 09th October 2007)

    Peter Till was the hero for Town, scoring a second half goal to cancel out Rotherham's lead and also getting the winning penalty in the recent JPT cup tie at Millmoor.

     Report

    Prediction

    The shock of the week in League Two.

    Rotherham Utd 1-2 Grimsby Town

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