Rotherham United entertain Port Vale at Don Valley today which is eleventh taking on fourteenth in the league.
This will be the Millers third game of 2012, all three being at Don Valley Stadium, with the Millers winning one and losing one so far. Vale are having a poor run of form at the moment, although only two points behind the Millers they haven’t gained a point since the turn of the year. The Millers last win at Don Valley was against Bradford while Vale’s last win was on Boxing Day away at Hereford.
The game between the sides earlier this season was a two-nil win for Port Vale which is something the Millers will want to turn around.
Micky Adams and Andy Scott know each other well, with Adams signing the Millers Manager for Brentford when he was player/manager there.
Andy Scott – By all accounts Port Vale should have beaten Wimbledon pretty comfortably last week. They’ve got some good players with some good quality. They’ve had a few injuries recently but have a few coming back. They are a very direct team who smash it forward as quickly as possible. They make life difficult and try and put you under pressure and we didn’t cope with it too well to start with at Port Vale, although we didn’t deserve to lose.
Micky Adams – Rotherham aren’t in fantastic form, which is very much like ourselves, but both sides are still in touch of the play-off positions and we think we can cause them some problems. Don Valley Stadium can create a strange atmosphere with the running track around it, as the fans are a long way from the playing surface, but everybody is used to it now and we know what to expect. We can’t take it for granted that we are going to go there and win, but we have been there before and secured all three points. Andy Scott has done very well as a manager but you can see that some of his signings have worked and some haven’t, but I would expect him to get it right soon.
Rotherham United Team News:
After arriving last week, both Richard Naylor and Scott Griffiths will be hoping to play some part in this afternoon’s game. Danny Harrison, who sat on the bench last week having had a nasty head injury the week before, will be hoping to take up his normal position in midfield and as captain. Ryan Cresswell has trained but is without match fitness while Gareth Evans is a major doubt not having taken part in training this week. Chris Holroyd has left the club and moved to Preston North End and it could be that Lewis Grabban will play up front instead of elsewhere on the pitch.
Player to watch: Johnny Mullins
Was the only Miller who came away with any credit from last week`s loss
Port Vale Team News:
Micky Adams has Stuart Tomlinson and Rob Taylor available after injury although it is unlikely that Gareth Owen, who has a broken wrist, will play, even though he has a removable cast on it. Clayton McDonald returns from a one match suspension. Lee Collins, Lewis Haldane and Ryan Burge are all out.
Player to watch: Tom Pope
I think all Millers’ eyes will be on their former striker
Dean Mohareb from Cheshire
The Millers travel to take on Dagenham and Redbridge next Saturday, 28th January with a 3.00pm kick off