Opposition profile: We look at Watford's Championship opponents Rotherham United

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Consecutive promotions for Rotherham United have seen them jump from League Two to the Championship in incredible fashion - and the Millers have started this season relatively brightly too.

A narrow loss to title hopefuls Derby County on the opening day was added to by a victory over fellow newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of a home crowd at the New York Stadium.

However, whilst their fans will be happy with the 1-0 win over the side that topped League One last season, the neutral spectator may have been hoping for a bit more action. The last two matches between the sides had featured 16 goals – a 6-4 Wolves win and a 3-3 draw.

Last season culminated in a penalty shootout victory in the League 1 play-off final against Leyton Orient, concluding Rotherham’s campaign in aptly exciting fashion.

They fought back from a 2-0 deficit with striker Alex Revell netting a brace. Rotherham went on to win 4-3 on penalties.

By the time the play-offs started, the team were used to big scorelines. Matches involving Rotherham in League One offered an average of over three goals a game and the Millers boasted the biggest home win of the season, a 6-0 thrashing of Notts County.

However, their 2014/15 campaign has not managed the same return of goals so far.

All three competitive matches have ended with a 1-0 scoreline and in pre-season, the team failed to net more than two goals in any of their eight matches; something they managed 14 times in League One.

Since their trip to Wembley, manager Steve Evans has strengthened his squad, signing 11 players and bringing a further two in on loan.

The exit door has also seen some activity, with the same number of players out as in, as well as three youngsters loaned out to lower leagues.

Evans has seen return already on some of his transfers. Both goals scored by United this season have come from new signings – Ryan Hall against Wolves and Matt Derbyshire’s extra time winner against Fleetwood Town in the Capital One Cup.

As well as proving difficult to beat at home last season, Rotherham picked up the majority of their wins on the road in League One.

Of their 24 victories, 14 were away from home in addition to four draws and five losses.

Their goal tally of 86 was greatly helped by Kieran Agard who netted 21 – the third best in the league.

Agard was heavily linked with a move to neighbours Leeds United this summer and keeping the 24-year-old will be top of Evans’ priority list.

The Millers played a 4-4-2 system against Wolves in their last match and may be without Ryan Hall, who was subbed off with an injury after netting the winner on the weekend.

Mark Bradley, Rob Milsom and Frazer Richardson also look set to miss the match through injury, whilst summer signing Febian Brandy may feature in the squad as he hopes to regain match fitness.

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11:17am Tue 19 Aug 14

rowlingstone says...

This game has 1 nil WFC written all over it!
This game has 1 nil WFC written all over it! rowlingstone
  • Score: -2

11:47am Tue 19 Aug 14

eastendhornet says...

rowlingstone wrote:
This game has 1 nil WFC written all over it!
Maybe looking at the Rotherham team it does. But we have the best strike force in the league, lots of creativity in the midfield, but a formation that often sees us exposed at the back and a general susceptibility to set pieces. Nothing about that says 0-1. Happy to be wrong though, you take any victory in this league.
[quote][p][bold]rowlingstone[/bold] wrote: This game has 1 nil WFC written all over it![/p][/quote]Maybe looking at the Rotherham team it does. But we have the best strike force in the league, lots of creativity in the midfield, but a formation that often sees us exposed at the back and a general susceptibility to set pieces. Nothing about that says 0-1. Happy to be wrong though, you take any victory in this league. eastendhornet
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Harry's Bar says...

rowlingstone wrote:
This game has 1 nil WFC written all over it!
I'd say it had draw written all over it. Saninno knows he'll feel the heat if we lose tonight.
[quote][p][bold]rowlingstone[/bold] wrote: This game has 1 nil WFC written all over it![/p][/quote]I'd say it had draw written all over it. Saninno knows he'll feel the heat if we lose tonight. Harry's Bar
  • Score: -1

12:24pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

This no easy game and is a similar one to many last season where we failed. We need to be competitive and physically strong without drawing Yellow and Red cards. That has not been easy for some of our players, but despite us having more skill it counts for nothing without the toughness and determination to win every ball and defend properly.

I believe this is a massive test for us tonight.
This no easy game and is a similar one to many last season where we failed. We need to be competitive and physically strong without drawing Yellow and Red cards. That has not been easy for some of our players, but despite us having more skill it counts for nothing without the toughness and determination to win every ball and defend properly. I believe this is a massive test for us tonight. Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 7

12:37pm Tue 19 Aug 14

bristol hornet says...

Not an easy game at all, particularly with their classy new signings Matt Devonshire and Hall in scoring form already.

Would be happy with a point from their long and exhausting trip to New York!

However, still hoping for all three points!
Not an easy game at all, particularly with their classy new signings Matt Devonshire and Hall in scoring form already. Would be happy with a point from their long and exhausting trip to New York! However, still hoping for all three points! bristol hornet
  • Score: 2

1:29pm Tue 19 Aug 14

henry says...

Expecting a serving of Yorkshire guts and chips.
Expecting a serving of Yorkshire guts and chips. henry
  • Score: 1

1:48pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Worried how we'll cope with the high balls repeatedly lobbed into the box
Worried how we'll cope with the high balls repeatedly lobbed into the box Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 2

4:18pm Tue 19 Aug 14

PozzoHornet says...

bristol hornet wrote:
Not an easy game at all, particularly with their classy new signings Matt Devonshire and Hall in scoring form already.

Would be happy with a point from their long and exhausting trip to New York!

However, still hoping for all three points!
Really? Happy with a point? Any team fighting for promotion should get all 6 points against teams like this.
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: Not an easy game at all, particularly with their classy new signings Matt Devonshire and Hall in scoring form already. Would be happy with a point from their long and exhausting trip to New York! However, still hoping for all three points![/p][/quote]Really? Happy with a point? Any team fighting for promotion should get all 6 points against teams like this. PozzoHornet
  • Score: -1

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