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Previewing Rotherhams trip to the South coast, as they face Kevin Bonds Bournemouth.

Vital Quotes:

Rotherham Manager Alan Knill looks to shake off the midweek cup defeat at Hartlepool with another solid legue performance at Bournemouth.
He told the official site,
‘The lads will be on the attack, as that’s the kind of players they are’.
‘It’s no use asking the likes of Lee Williamson and Michael Keane to sit back, as they like to be on the attack and take the ball forward’.
‘It will be a tough game as Bournemouth are a good side who like to play at a quick tempo, but so do our lads and i will be asking them to keep going forward and get the goals’.

Bournemouth Team News:

New manager Kevin Bond faces his first Cherries home game with the following injury problems.
Eddie Howe and Shaun Cooper are casualties, and sit out the game with knee injuries.
Marcus Browning will be hoping to resume training today and shake off a calf problem in time to be selected for the game.
Karl Broadhurst (Knee ligament strain) and Lionel Ashworth (Shoulder) ae both rated as doubtful.
Leon Best’s 5th booking of the season during last Saturday’s defeat at Millwall rules him out suspended.

Player to watch: James Hayter

The 27 year old prolific striker will always be a danger to any opposition.
The Isle of Wight born striker finished last season with his second successive 20 goal haul, and has already hit the net 5 times in a somewhat struggling side.
He was brought through the Youth ranks at Bournemouth, but he struggled to hold down a first team place and was subsequently loaned out to non-league side Salisbury in 1999.
He found the net 8 times in 10 games for the lower league outfit as he regained his scoring touch, and when Cherries striker Mark Stein was ruled out with flu, James was recalled from his loan spell.Coming on as sub against Stoke City on his return to Dean Court and weighing in with a goal in a 4-0 win.
His crowning moment came in February 2004, when in a home game against Wrexham he came on as a 84th minute sub and scored an Hat-trick within 140 seconds.
He was thrown into the national spotlight and it obviously didnt affect him, as he scored over 40 goals in the next 2 seasons.
His Bournemouth career record is now 97 goals in 369 games.

Rotherham United Team News:

After being sentoff in the Midweek Johnstone Paints Trophy defeat at Hartlepool, both centre half Ian Sharps (1 game) and midfielder Martin Woods (3 games) sit out the game suspended.
An Hamstring injury to striker Dave Hibbert, and an ankle injury to left back Gregor Robertson has ruled the pair out also.
Colin Murdock will start his first league game of the season as a straight replacement for Sharps.
While Delroy Facey looks set to partner Will Hoskins up front as he retuned from injury with a goal in the reserves and the consolation at Hartlepool.

Player to watch: Will Hoskins

Much as been said already of the young former England under 20’s striker who is obviously now attracting a lot of interest from higher league clubs following his blistering 9 goal start to the season.
Rotherham will have their work cut out trying to keep hold of Hoskins when the transfer window re-opens in January, but hopefully by then he will have delivered the goods to give us a great outside chance of reaching the play-offs.

Match Facts & Stats

Since the 1-0 home victory against Stoke City, Bournemouth have failed to win any of their next 7 matches.
Draws have been the order of the day.
Last 7 fixtures.
Brighton..Away Drew 2-2
Brentford..Away Drew 0-0
Scunthorpe..Home Drew 1-1
Bristol City..Home Lost 0-1
Huddersfield..Away Drew 2-2
Northampton..Home Drew 0-0
Millwall..Away Lost 0-1

Past results

14.02.2006 Rotherham Utd 2-0 Bournemouth
14.01.2006 Bournemouth 2-0 Rotherham Utd
Division Two
06.03.2001 Rotherham Utd 3-1 Bournemouth
14.10.2000 Bournemouth 0-1 Rotherham Utd
11.01.1997 Bournemouth 1-1 Rotherham Utd
28.09.1996 Rotherham Utd 1-0 Bournemouth
20.02.1996 Rotherham Utd 1-0 Bournemouth
02.09.1995 Bournemouth 2-1 Rotherham Utd
11.03.1995 Bournemouth 1-1 Rotherham Utd
27.08.1994 Rotherham Utd 4-0 Bournemouth
05.04.1994 Bournemouth 0-0 Rotherham Utd
08.03.1994 Rotherham Utd 1-2 Bournemouth
26.02.1993 Rotherham Utd 1-2 Bournemouth
10.10.1992 Bournemouth 0-0 Rotherham Utd
Division Three
23.02.1991 Rotherham Utd 1-1 Bournemouth
10.11.1990 Bournemouth 4-2 Rotherham Utd
09.05.1987 Bournemouth 2-0 Rotherham Utd
13.12.1986 Rotherham Utd 4-2 Bournemouth
26.04.1986 Rotherham Utd 4-1 Bournemouth
17.12.1985 Bournemouth 1-2 Rotherham Utd
19.01.1985 Rotherham Utd 1-0 Bournemouth
08.09.1984 Bournemouth 3-0 Rotherham Utd
17.04.1984 Rotherham Utd 1-0 Bournemouth
01.11.1983 Bournemouth 4-2 Rotherham Utd
03.02.1973 Bournemouth 4-0 Rotherham Utd
10.10.1972 Rotherham Utd 2-7 Bournemouth
08.01.1972 Rotherham Utd 0-0 Bournemouth
28.08.1971 Bournemouth 3-1 Rotherham Utd
27.12.1969 Rotherham Utd 3-0 Bournemouth
30.08.1969 Bournemouth 1-0 Rotherham Utd
28.12.1968 Bournemouth 1-0 Rotherham Utd
26.10.1968 Rotherham Utd 1-1 Bournemouth

League Games

Millmoor .P 16 W 10 D 3 L 3 GLS 30-17

Dean Court .P 16 W 2 D 4 L 10 GLs 11-29

Ref Watch:

Mr Iain G Williamson from Reading, Berkshire.

1991-Qualified as a Referee.
2002-Promoted to national list of Referee’s.

Reffed at just 2 Millers games previously.

December 28th 2004 in the infamous Millmoor penalty farce with West Ham United.

With the Millers gaining an healthy 2-0 lead thanks to first half goals from Butler (13) and Mcintosh (37), the Ref awarded 2 penalties to the Hammers in the 71st and 76th minute.
Firstly Pollitt brought down Harewood and Sheringham stepped up to reduce the deficit.
Then Mcintosh was adjudged to have brought down Sheringham and Harewood completed the scoring.
Williamson booked 7 players in total that day, all for unsporting behaviour.
Reo-Coker, Chadwick and Williams for the visitors.
Swailes, Butler, Pollitt and Mcintosh for Rotherham.

The other game he took charge in was at Gillingham 9 months previously on March 20th 2004.
We lost 2-0 to early goals from Ashby (15) and Sidibe (19).
6 players were booked, Southall (dissent) and Player-Manager Andy Hessenthaller (unsporting behaviour) for the Gills.
Jody Morris (dissent) plus Monkhouse, Procter and Swailes (all unsporting behaviour) for the Millers.

Mr Williamson’s record over the past 3 seasons is.

2005-6….34 Games….123 Yellows….7 Reds.

2004-5….34 Games….121 Yellows….6 Reds.

2003-4….30 Games….105 Yellows….6 Reds.

Match Prediction:

2-1 to the Millers 9/1 @ William Hills

Next Fixtures:

Saturday 28th October 2006
Rotherham United v Crewe Alexandra
Millmoor @ 3.00PM

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