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Rotherham United welcome Crewe Alexandra to the New York Stadium for the first time since January 2014.

The Millers come into this game having moved into the top six after getting four points from their last two games, both away, the last one being last weekend where it was a two-nil win.

Crewe find themselves in the bottom four after a home loss in midweek to Morecambe while they haven’t got an away win yet this season with their last away game saw them draw at Shrewsbury.

Millers number two Richie Barker told¬†Radio Sheffield¬†that he watched this weekend’s opponents on Tuesday and thought they were excellent despite the loss. ‘Crewe have had a tough start and have lost narrowly to really good teams. We aren’t thinking that we will get a win because we are at home and Crewe are near the bottom but we do have to think about getting back-to-back wins or even getting more wins on the bounce. But, if you look at the league now, there will be very few teams who have probably won three games in a row. We are always going to have to be at our best to win games.’

Talking about David Artell, Millers Boss Paul Warne told IFollow that he thinks the former Miller has done ‘really well’. ‘He’s a great bloke, they’re a great family and I wish him well apart, obviously, from when we play them.’

Although Freddie Ladapo isn’t ‘one hundred per cent’ he has trained so is available for selection as is Chieo Ogbene who only managed the first forty-five minutes last Saturday. After serving his suspension Mickel Miller should have been back in contention for this game but a hamstring strain could keep him out.

Rotherham born and former Miller Crewe Manager David Artell told #CreweAlex that he’d watched the Rotherham game at Lincoln saying, ‘I thought they were impressive. They are big, strong and have energy and have some very good footballers who are going to ask you questions. But they have some weaknesses and we’ve got to expose those.’

Crewe are hoping that their skipper Luke Murphy is fit after missing the game on Tuesday with a tight hamstring.

The referee for this game is Sam Allison.

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