Rotherham United’s first game of 2019 sees Preston North End the visitors to the New York Stadium.
Rotherham United dropped into the bottom three after a late goal at Bristol City on Saturday with the Millers down to nine men while a home draw against Aston Villa sees opponents Preston North End come into this game in seventeenth place.
North End’s last away game was at South Yorkshire neighbours Sheffield Wednesday who won the game one-nil while Rotherham’s last home game was a four-nil loss to West Bromwich Albion.
The Millers First Team Development Coach Matty Hamshaw is in no doubt that Preston Manager Alex Neil will be well prepared for this afternoons game. ‘They have got injuries,’ Hammy told iFOLLOW, ‘but the team they will put out will still be excellent. We’ve got to get on the front foot and get the fans behind us.’
Rotherham United will be without suspended pair Richie Towell and Billy Jones while Ryan Manning is back with his parent club Queens Park Rangers who recalled him yesterday. The Millers will hope to have Joe Mattock and Clark Robertson available although they will be checked on before the game and there are also a few players with niggley injuries who might have ‘grin and bear it’ and play. This game will come to early for Kyle Vassell and Jamie Proctor is a major doubt.
Preston Manager Alex Neil told their Official Site that he is expecting a tough game at the New York Stadium. ‘We know we are going to be in a game,’ Mr Neil said, ‘they are going to run and fight for every single ball and we are going to have to more than match them.’
Ben Pearson is suspended for Preston and also missing will be Chris Maxwell, Josh Earl, Ben Davies, Callum Robinson, Louis Moult, Josh Harrop, Sean Maguire and Billy Bodin as well as former Millers loanee Brandon Barker. Also there could be a late fitness test for midfielder Alan Browne.
Lee Probert from Wiltshire is the referee for today’s game.