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Rotherham United and Millwall fight out the Battle at the bottom.

Vital Quotes:

Rotherham boss Alan Knill urged fans not to place too much emphasis on the match.
Speaking in Fridays Advertiser he said, ‘People might call this the match of the season so far, but i dont go along with that view.’
‘This is a nine month season, not a one-game season.’

Former Manchester City assistant boss Donachie was placed in caretaker charge at Millwall following Nigel Spackman’s departure earlier this week.

Donachie helped Millwall to a 1-1 draw against Brentford on Tuesday night and he admits he would like to stay in charge full-time.

‘I have told the board and the chairman that I want the job,’ said Donachie. ‘I believe that I can do it and it is now in their hands.

‘This is a results business and as long as I keep picking up points then I`m sure that I will be in with a chance of being given the job on a full-time basis. It is a big job, but I’m up to it.

‘It has been difficult for the players after Nigel left but I was pleased with their attitude and the performance.’ (Sky Sports)

Rotherham United Team News:

Millers central defender Colin Murdock came through a midweek reserve game unscathed, as part of his comeback from a groin injury.
Striker Delroy Facey is still missing with an ankle injury, while the medical staff are running checks on Dave Hibbert, who was taken off in Tuesdays defeat at Oldham after getting another bang on his recently broken nose.

Player to watch: Will Hoskins

Once again England Youth international Will Hoskins emerges as Rotherham’s danger man after a creditable outing in the otherwise lacklustre performance on Tuesday.
Hoskins scored his 7th goal of the season to put himself third in the Divisional leading goalscorers.

Millwall Team News:

Millwall outgoing boss Nigel Spackman brought in 19 new players in the summer clear out, but in his first team selection, caretaker boss Willie Donachie re-dressed the situation by fielding 6 home grown players in the midweek draw against Brentford.
Former Millers star Darren Byfield, who once scored four goals for Rotherham in a opening day league game at Millwall, could be named as a substitute on Saturday.
Byfield played and scored in the Lions first game of the season at home to Yeovil, but has been out ever since.

Player to watch: Marvin Williams

In a disappointing season so far for the Lions, few players have shone , but London born pacy winger Marvin Williams in only his second full season has been the best of a bad bunch.
Captain Paul Robinson, a solid defender has also been one of Millwalls better performers.

Match Facts & Stats

Put your money on this game finishing as a draw Saturday.
5 of the last 7 encounters at Millmoor have ended up in stalemate, with each side claiming one victory each.
4 of the 5 draws have been goalless.
The Millers win came in the 2000-2001 season when both clubs won promotion together.
The 3-2 victory was classed by a lot of fans as the finest footballing display seen at Millmoor.

The overall head to head is as follows.

Played 13 Won 6 Drawn 5 Lost 2 Goals 17-10

Played 13 Won 3 Drawn 3 Lost 7 Goals 11-17


Played 26 Won 9 Drawn 8 Lost 9 Goals 28-27

League Results
League Championship
03.01.2005 Millwall 1-2 Rotherham Utd
25.09.2004 Rotherham Utd 1-1 Millwall
Division One
24.02.2004 Millwall 2-1 Rotherham Utd
11.10.2003 Rotherham Utd 0-0 Millwall
28.12.2002 Rotherham Utd 1-3 Millwall
10.08.2002 Millwall 0-6 Rotherham Utd
01.04.2002 Rotherham Utd 0-0 Millwall
09.11.2001 Millwall 1-0 Rotherham Utd
Division Two
07.04.2001 Millwall 4-0 Rotherham Utd
02.12.2000 Rotherham Utd 3-2 Millwall
15.02.1997 Millwall 2-0 Rotherham Utd
23.11.1996 Rotherham Utd 0-0 Millwall
Division Three
29.03.1985 Millwall 0-0 Rotherham Utd
19.03.1985 Rotherham Utd 0-0 Millwall
03.03.1984 Millwall 2-0 Rotherham Utd
18.10.1983 Rotherham Utd 1-0 Millwall
04.04.1981 Millwall 0-1 Rotherham Utd
01.11.1980 Rotherham Utd 3-0 Millwall
12.04.1980 Millwall 0-0 Rotherham Utd
25.03.1980 Rotherham Utd 2-1 Millwall
16.03.1976 Rotherham Utd 1-2 Millwall
18.10.1975 Millwall 3-1 Rotherham Utd
Division Two
20.04.1968 Rotherham Utd 2-0 Millwall
25.11.1967 Millwall 0-0 Rotherham Utd
17.12.1966 Millwall 2-0 Rotherham Utd
20.08.1966 Rotherham Utd 3-1 Millwall

Cup Results
FA Cup
10.01.1978 r3r Millwall 2-0 Rotherham Utd
07.01.1978 r3 Rotherham Utd 1-1 Millwall

League Cup

Ref Watch:

The Referee tomorrow is Russell Booth from Nottinghamshire.
So far this season he has officiated in 9 games, booking 28 players and sending just 1 off.

Next Fixtures:

Sunday 8th October 2006 Port Vale v Rotherham United 2.00 pm

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