Rotherham United forget League football for this weekend and are ready to face Championship side Hull City in the third round of the FA Cup at the New York Stadium.
The Millers come into this game on the back of three wins – two at home and one away at Shrewsbury – and are currently riding high in second place of League One.
Hull City are also doing well in the Championship and stand in eighth place after two away wins over Christmas – firstly at Queens Park Rangers and on New Years Day at our South Yorkshire neighbours Sheffield Wednesday.
Speaking to the Official Site Millers Boss Paul Warne said he was expecting a tough game and also expects to be the underdogs, saying, ‘The way they play will cause us no end of problems although I do think we can cause them problems too. Hopefully off the back of a good performance against Blackpool, the fans will come and really get behind the team. It will be weird for us to play at New York as an underdog.’
Warne said that he wants to progress in the FA Cup and he will ‘definitely’ put out the best team available to him. The Millers will be without Clark Robertson who is suffering with an injury while Joe Mattock is serving the second match of a suspension.
Grant McCann the Tigers Manager told their Official Site that there will be changes but he wants the club to get through to the next round. ‘We have a good squad and there will be changes to the team, two of them players we’ll rest completely that started the game the other day.
Hull City could give the fringe players in the squad some game time on Saturday especially with the likes of Kevin Stewart, Jon Toral, Callum Elder, Stephen Kingsley, Norbert Balogh and Josh Magennis all suffering with injuries. One of those who could get a start is former Rotherham loanee Tom Eaves who played a handful of games for the Millers in 2013. The Tigers will probably include new signing Herbie Kane who has just joined on loan from Liverpool.
Anthony Backhouse from Cumbria is the referee for this game.
This game is kicking off at 1231 with all football clubs taking an extra minute to support ‘Heads Up’s Take A Minute’ campaign.