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Preview: Millwall v Rotherham United

22 August 2014

All you need to know about Saturday's big game

Millwall go into Saturday's home game with Championship newcomers Rotherham United aiming to make it a lucky 13 games unbeaten - The Lions best run of form since 2012/13 when a 14-match run came to an end with a 3-0 defeat at Ipswich Town.

Ian Holloway's team have built on a rich vein of form at the tail-end of the 2013/14 season, winning three of their opening four fixtures this year and securing an excellent 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek courtesy of Magaye Gueye's 95th-minute leveller.

The Millers, who have enjoyed back-to-back promotions from League Two to the Championship, have lost two of their opening three games back in the second-tier, although their one victory has come at the expense of a Wolves side fancied by many to be challenging for a top six spot come May.

What the management says

Ian Holloway: "What a job Steve (Evans) has done there with back-to-back promotions taking their club back up to the Championship, and I'm sure they will prove to be very competitive at this level too. I'm expecting another close, hard fought game, but if we can continue in the same vein as we have been, and play with the same quality, intensity and belief we have been showing, we will give ourselves every chance of getting another positive result." More from Ollie here

Steve Evans: "The progress Millwall have made under Ollie has been staggering. I think he's a Premiership manager. He's a funny guy and good at what he does. Look at Blackpool; no-one gave them a hope and all of a sudden they are in the Premier league. Look at Crystal Palace; no-one gave them a hope and all of a sudden they are in the Premier League. Millwall have got themselves a good manager. He has made them some good signings. They have got noisy and passionate support, very vociferous. I'm a big believer in all that and I'm looking forward to it." More from Evans here

Team news

Nicky Bailey is missing for The Lions after suffering a reaction to a calf injury in the latter part of last weekend's 1-0 win at Fulham. He will now be sidelined until after the international break in September. Ed Upson (hamstring) remains doubtful but Richard Chaplow returned to training this week.

Rotherham will be missing Paul Green, Frazer Richardson and Rob Milsom, although they have boosted their ranks today signing Ipswich Town midfielder Anthony Wordsworth on a long-term loan. The former Colchester man is The Millers' second signing this week following the arrival of Richie Smalwood from Middlesbrough.


Saturday afternoon's match will be the 33rd meeting between the two clubs, and as it stands The Lions hold the upper hand with 13 wins to Rotherham's 10. The remaining nine matches have finished all square.

Millwall's last home victory against Rotherham was seven years ago on 20th January when Neil Harris, Chris Zebroski and Darren Byfield (2) were on target in a comfortable 4-0.


We will have all the action covered with live match commentary on Lions Player from 2.55pm.

As well, you can follow live updates on the club's official Twitter account and join the conversation by using #MFCvRUFC in your tweets.

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