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Preview: Rotherham United (A)

All the important information ahead of Stanley's clash with Rotherham

15 November 2019

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman will be hoping his side can return to winning ways when they face Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium tomorrow afternoon, 3pm kick-off.

The Reds come into the game on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to Crewe Alexandra in the Emirates FA Cup, but Coleman's side secured an away point in a 0-0 draw with Coventry City in their last league outing.

Rotherham suffered a 3-0 defeat on Tuesday night to Lincoln City in the Leasing.com Trophy, with The Millers securing a 3-0 away victory over Gillingham in their last league game.

In the dugout for Rotherham is Paul Warne, who has spent 18 of the last 22 seasons at the club as either a player, coach, or manager.

The Millers currently sit 10th in the Sky Bet League One table, with Stanley sitting in 19th place.

The two sides have met each other on 13 occasions, with Stanley winning two of those games and Rotherham winning eight.

Rotherham United Line-Up Against Lincoln City (4-4-2)

GK: Lewis Price
RB: Matthew Olosunde
CB: Jake Southern-Cooper
CB: Adam Thompson
LB: Akeem Hinds
RM: Julien Lamy
CM: Jamie Lindsay
CM: Daniel Barlaser
LM: Jake Hastie
ST: Freddie Ladapo
ST: Michael Smith

Key Players

Michael Ihiekwe - A familiar face to Stanley fans, Ihiekwe spent the first half of last season on loan at the Wham Stadium from Rotherham United. During his loan spell with the Reds, the defender made 23 appearances and scored his only goal for the club in a 1-1 home draw with Portsmouth. The 26-year-old has featured for The Millers on 68 occasions, with 18 of those appearances coming this season. Ihiekwe has also played for Cheltenham Town and Tranmere Rovers, with the defender making over 100 appearances for the latter.

Matt Crooks - Another former Stanley player, Crooks initially joined the club on loan from Huddersfield Town before his move was made permanent in February 2015. The defensive midfielder made a total of 53 appearances for the Reds, with the 25-year-old grabbing his name on the scoresheet on eight occasions. Crooks then spent time with Rangers, Scunthorpe United and Northampton Town, before he joined Rotherham United in January 2019. The Leeds-born midfielder is in very impressive form, having grabbed seven goals in his last seven games.

Freddie Ladapo - Despite being just 26-years-old, Ladapo has already featured for 16 different clubs during his career. The striker signed for Rotherham United in June 2019 for what was a record transfer fee for The Millers, after grabbing 19 goals in 49 games for Plymouth Argyle. The Romford-born striker has found the net on five occasions this season, including a brace in a 6-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers in September.

Team News - Rotherham United

Defender Adam Thompson is nearing full fitness, with the 27-year-old playing 69 minutes in the club's Leasing.com Trophy defeat to Lincoln City on Tuesday night. 

Team News - Stanley

Following his red card in the defeat to Crewe Alexandra, Stanley will be without Mark Hughes for this Saturday's game, with the experienced defender having featured in the last 137 league games. 

The Reds will also be without goalkeeper Josef Bursik and defender Aji Alese, with the pair both on international duty with the England Under-20s and the England Under-19s respectively.

Zaine Francis-Angol is still missing through injury, with loanee Courtney Baker-Richardson also set to miss out having re-aggravated a previous thigh injury.

To read Stanley manager John Coleman's pre-match quotes, CLICK HERE!

Inside The Dressing Room

Defender Callum Johnson says that spirits are still high within the Stanley camp as they go on the hunt for a first Sky Bet League One win in four games.

"No one likes getting beat but we have to keep spirits as high as we can, you obviously enjoy it a lot more when you are winning games and that's what we have to get back to."

Tickets

Tickets for the match at the AESSEAL New York Stadium are now not available from the club shop, but supporters travelling to Rotherham without a ticket will be able to pay on the day, CLICK HERE for ticket prices!

Kit

Stanley will be wearing their away kit for Saturday's Sky Bet League One game at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, CLICK HERE to buy yours!

iFollow Stanley

If you're unable to make the trip to Rotherham, then you can listen to live audio commentary on iFollow Stanley for just £2.50.

International supporters will also be able to watch the game live on iFollow Stanley, CLICK HERE to find out more!


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