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Rotherham United
vs.
Bristol Rovers

Don Valley Stadium

25 February 2012

3.00pm

Rotherham United entertain Bristol Rovers for their first ever visit to Don Valley this afternoon which sees ninth take on sixteenth in this League Two clash.

Rovers come to Don Valley having won just one of their last three games and not having won away since mid-January at Cheltenham while the Millers go into this game on the back of four undefeated games and having kept three clean sheets.

Going into this game I would imagine that Bristol Rovers were expecting to be in a much higher position than they are at this stage of the season.

This could see, maybe, two of the oldest players in League Two up against each other in Paul Warne (Millers) and Scott McGleish (Rovers).

Vital Quotes:

Andy Scott - After watching us the other night, Mark McGhee will know we are a tough side to play against. We`ve only conceded one goal in the last four games and we know we are getting there. But they are on a good run themselves and it`s going to be a tough game against a difficult side. With a new manager coming in the players are lifting themselves and they want to prove that they are worthy of being at Bristol Rovers. We are in a good run of form and don`t fear anyone and we are looking forward to playing them. We`ve had two tough away games and picked up a couple of points which will become even better points if we win today. We are both different sides from when we met in October and it will be a different game from what we played then.

Mark McGhee - They (Rotherham) are a big, strong, aggressive team with pace in the wide areas and pace up front and a determination about them. They are going to be very difficult to break down and we will have to be on our guard at set-pieces.

Rotherham United Team News:

Andy Scott has what he calls a 'ticklish` problem when it comes to naming today`s team. Kieron Cadogan and Richard Naylor were left out for Tuesday nights visit to Gillingham so they could be in for a recall. Ryan Cresswell is also fit and raring to go and Scott will have to choose between him and Michael Raynes. He could also decide to start with only two strikers, which could mean that either Shaun Harrad or Lewis Grabban drops to the bench. Definitely sidelined are Luke Foster and Gareth Evans.

Player to watch: Sam Wood

Pacey midfielder who also puts in some good crosses and isn`t afraid to have a shot himself

Bristol Rovers Team News:

Mark McGhee has defenders Gary Sawyer and Aaron Downes are both sidelined as are long term injured Adam Virgo and Wayne Brown. Winger Mustapha Carayol could be in line for a start while leading scorer Matt Harrold, who has trained this week after missing last weekend with a hamstring problem, should be available. McGhee has hinted that he will make changes as he looks at different members of the squad.

Player to watch: Matt Harrold

Signed in the summer a target man who is Rovers top scorer so far this season

Ref Watch:

Robert Lewis from Shropshire

Next Fixtures:

The Millers travel to Barnet next Saturday (3rd March) where it will be a 3.00pm kick-off


Writer:Herringthorpe
Date:Saturday February 25 2012
Time: 9:45AM

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