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ROTHERHAM v CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

22 April 2015

Essential reading on this Saturday's opponents

ROTHERHAM UNITED

Nickname: The Millers
Manager: Steve Evans
2013-14: 4th (League One)
Ground: New York Stadium
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 149 miles (3 hours 6 minutes)

THE LOWDOWN
Rotherham’s season hangs in the balance after they were deducted three points on Friday for fielding an ineligible player earlier this month.

The Yorkshire were handed the points penalty after Farrend Rawson, a Derby loanee, played in their 1-0 win over Brighton on Easter Monday.

Heading into Saturday’s game, they are now effectively just a point clear of the Sky Bet Championship drop-zone with just one win in their last seven matches.


The Millers’ star has been on a sharp rise in recent years, and they landed in the English football’s second tier last summer after consecutive promotions.

Steve Evans’ side trail Norwich in the head-to-head record between the two teams, with eight victories to the Canaries’ 12, but they took a point from their visit to Carrow Road in October.

They don’t have any ex-City players in their squad, although former Academy scholar Richard Brindley is on their books. He is currently out on loan at Sky Bet League One strugglers Colchester United.
 


THE BOSS

Steve Evans’ Crawley Town were sitting high in fourth place in League Two when he left to take over Rotherham United in April 2012.

At the time, the Millers were six places lower in the division but in the three years since his move has been entirely justified.

After guiding them to automatic promotion in his first full campaign at the helm, United were one of the surprise packages in League One last season, with a 16-game unbeaten run in the early part of 2014 earning them a spot in the playoffs.


They defeated Leyton Orient on penalties in the final, pushing Evans to his highest level in his 20 years of management.

After four years at Stamford between 1994 and 1998, the 51-year-old guided Boston United into the Football League but was later suspended, and resigned, after his part in a ‘contract irregularities’ issue involving players’ deals.

He returned to the club in 2004 but it was at Crawley that he cemented his reputation for success, guiding them into the Football League in 2011.

Born in Glasgow, Evans had a playing career that curtailed by injury, during which time he featured for five Scottish league clubs including Clyde and Albion Rovers.

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THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Adam Collin, Damian Martinez, Tony Thompson.

Defenders: Kari Arnason, Kirk Broadfoot, Richard Wood, Mark Bradley, Frazer Richardson, Mat Sadler, Craig Morgan (c), Lawrie Wilson, Jack Hunt, Daniel Rowe.

Midfielders: Lee Frecklington, Paul Green, Robert Milsom, Conor Newton, Ben Pringle, Danny Ward, Adam Hammill, Richard Smallwood.

Forwards: Jordan Bowery, Matt Derbyshire, Jerry Yates.

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