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Rotherham United welcome Oxford United for, what the Millers fans hope, is the last game at the New York Stadium this season.

The Millers are sitting in second place in League One and it would be nice to say comfortably but that would, indeed, be a bit of a push.  They come into this game on the back of a two-nil defeat away to Burton Albion although their last home game was a one-nil win when Ipswich Town were the visitors.

Oxford themselves will be hoping for a last push in their next two games will get them into a play-off position having won their last two games. Tuesday saw them beat Rotherham’s rivals for the second automatic spot MK Dons at the Kassam Stadium and the Saturday before they got the better of a three-two score line away at Fleetwood Town.

Speaking to the Official Site Millers Boss Paul Warne is expecting a completely different game from Tuesday night. ‘I think both teams will carry a threat,’ Warne said. ‘Oxford have very technical players and are comfortable leaving three high up the pitch. With both teams being desperate for a win I think it’s going to be a very evenly matched game.’

After coming off the subs bench early on Tuesday night Shane Ferguson had to be replaced himself at half-time and it isn’t looking hopeful for the Northern Ireland international.  But there is better news about the player he replaced, Jordi Osei-Tutu who could be fit for this game.  Mickel Miller is definitely out.  

Speaking to their Official Site Oxford Manager Karl Robinson said that he can’t wait for the game saying, ‘Rotherham are a good team not playing too differently to the last two or three months but things haven’t been falling for them recently.  They are an honest team, score goals, defend well and are very good at set-pieces.  It will be a good atmosphere and a full house.  I’ll be disappointed if there are any spare seats because it’s a shame we couldn’t get any more of our fans in.  People in the city know what this club stands for and the intentions we have for it and Saturday will be no different.’

Oxford will be without James Henry for this game. Former Millers favourite Ryan Williams should start while Marcus Browne came off the bench for just his third game of the season and might be in with a chance of starting.

The referee for this game is Charles Breakspear from Surrey.

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