Rotherham United make the journey to the Kassam Stadium tomorrow for their first away game of the new decade when they meet Oxford United which sees second taking on fourth in the League One Table.
Oxford come into this game on the back of a home win in the FA Cup against non-league Hartlepool United with their last home league game also being a win over Lincoln City although a New Years Day game in South Yorkshire against Doncaster saw them come away with nothing from a one-nil loss.
The Millers lost their FA Cup tie last Saturday to Championship side Hull City being on the wrong side of a three-two scoreline. They did, however, win their last league game two-one at home against Blackpool with their last away game, on Boxing Day, also being a two-one win at Shrewsbury and sees them two places and two points ahead of the U’s.
The U’s could include new signings Liam Kelly, Nathan Holland, Marcus Browne and Rob Atkinson in their match day squad and the game should see Simon Eastwood return in goal after a six week absence but a thigh problem will keep James Henry out. Also missing will be Manager Karl Robinson who is serving a one match ban for verbally abusing referee Craig Hicks recently.
Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne is hoping for an entertaining game telling iFOLLOW that he thinks Oxford are one of the best teams the Millers have played and expect them to be in the top three at the end of the season. ‘I’m not going for a draw I want to win,’ Warney said, ‘but they are a formidable side and are in good form while they’ve signed three good players this week who I expect to be in the match day squad. But we have done well recently.’
Rotherham will be without Joe Mattock and Adam Thompson both out suspended while Clark Robertson has had an op this week that will see him out for the foreseeable future. Also missing is Billy Jones who might be back at the end of the month and while Shaun MacDonald is back in training this game will come too early for him. New boy Hakeeb Adelakun might be in the travelling squad but, as he hasn’t had any game time so far this season, it’s doubtful he’ll take any part in the game.
David Webb from Lancashire has the whistle for this game.
There are tickets available at the ground for Millers fans tomorrow from the North Ticket Office. Please Note: It is CASH Only.