This Sunday’s Bank Holiday fixture sees Millwall make the long trip to the New York Stadium where they face Rotherham United. The Lions go up against the Millers on the back of a lacklustre 2-1 away defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, and Neil Harris will be eager to put that disappointing performance behind him.
Rotherham’s recent form since returning to the Championship will be concerning for their fans, with three defeats in their opening four league games. Paul Warne will be desperate for his side to put some points on the board, as although it is still very early in the season, the South Yorkshire outfit find themselves alarmingly close to the relegation zone.
The 2014-15 season saw United complete a league double over the South London club, and these results contributed to Millwall’s relegation that season. The results between the two have seen plenty of goals and the spoils shared, and with both sides winning four each of their last ten meetings, there should be plenty of goals in this one.
Haven't we met before?...
Rotherham United 2-1 Millwall, 28th February 2015 – A close affair saw Rotherham United victorious in this relegation battle and climb closer to Championship survival. Martyn Woolford took the lead for the Lions in the 20th minute, before Danny Ward and Kari Arnason secured the three points for the Millers. This result saw Steve Evans’ side go six points clear of the drop zone on 37 points, but Ian Holloway was confident he was the right man to lead the Bermondsey club to safety…..
After a disappointing performance against Sheffield Wednesday, Neil Harris may rest a number of those who have served him so well at the beginning of the season. Shaun Williams missed the game at Hillsborough for family reasons and George Saville is also a doubt after coming off injured in the defeat. New loan signing Tom Bradshaw has match fitness due to featuring this season for Barnsley, however it may be Tom Elliott who gets the nod ahead of the new signing in place of Steve Morison.
Jamie Proctor was on target for Rotherham after coming off the bench against Hull City, so the striker will be expecting a starting place at the New York Stadium. Billy Jones is a doubt for the home side as he continues to struggle with a hip injury.
THE ONE TO WATCH -
Tom Elliott is a player who has had a hot and cold spell since arriving at The Den and if he does start in this fixture he will want to silence his doubters. Elliott has had moments, like at Leeds United away last season, where he has scored crucial goals for the Lions, but the forward has lacked the consistency to dislodge the established duo of Morison and Gregory. After adding more pace at Hillsborough when he was brought on midweek, this could be Elliott’s opportunity to shine and show Neil Harris what he can do.
Who are ya?!
For this week’s ‘Who Are Ya?’ we speak with London Millers, the fan group for exiled Rotherham fans around the globe! This week we ask the team how they think the Millers have adapted to Championship football, will their back line stand up to the demands of the second tier and who to look out for.
1. Rotherham were promoted from League One last season and many tip the Millers for the drop. Is this far or do you think you’ll surprise a few teams this campaign?
I can totally understand why we're everyone's favourite for the drop and it may end up being the case, but I do think we are prepared better this time than our last outing in the Championship. That season hurt Warne and the club so I do think we will catch some teams out and I am personally optimistic that there will be 3 teams worse than we are.
2. How do you think your players have adapted so far with the jump from League One to the Championship? Although you have lost more than you’ve won, you are scoring goals which is a positive sign. Do the amount of goals conceded worry you, or will your defenders be able to cope with the faster pace Championship?
The lads are still coming to terms with the step up to the Championship as are the management. We need to be more "cute". We make chances we just need to be more clinical. The defence needs to be sharper, Championship players are a yard sharper both mentally and physically and we need to adapt sooner rather than later.
3. Which players do Millwall fans need to look out for?
Our new loan signing from QPR, Ryan Manning had a good debut against Hull and linked to the attack well. I have hopes for him as our midfield is short on bodies at the moment. Our CB Semi Ajayi has just been called up to the Nigeria squad after recent good performances in both CD and DM roles, not sure where he will play against Millwall.
I also like our new attacker Kyle Vassell brought in from Blackpool, a bustling CF who causes hassle to defences.
4. What is your score prediction?
Well we do create chances but have a shaky defence. I can't go against the lads so will go 2-1 to us.
PREDICTION: ROTHERHAM UTD 1-2 MILLWALL
With Neil Harris demanding more from his players and with Rotherham leaking goals for fun, I can see the Lions being successful on their travels. Lee Gregory has been in stunning form so far this season and the arrival of Tom Bradshaw will see Millwall’s forwards go out of their way to show why it is they that deserve to start games, so I can see the Lions being too much for Rotherham to handle. The Millers do find the back of the net and will be keen to put on a show for the home fans, but Millwall will be just too strong for them.
Come on you Lions.