Rotherham United are one of the current in form teams in League One, in their past six games they've drawn 2 and won 4. Their away form in the last 10 to 6 games would put them top of the league. Notts will need to buckle down for this game, however The Millers form would suggest that they will keep our defence busy. In our earlier encounter Notts lost narrowly by one goal.
This week we have spoken to Pride of Nottingham resident 'BradtheMiller', we have asked a series of questions aimed to share the sight of a Rotherham United fan.
Firstly, could you please tell prideofnottingham.co.uk a little about yourself such as how long you've been a Rotherham Unuted fan?
Hi, i'm Ian, a 52 yr old Millers fan from Rotherham. I attended my first game v Wrexham at Millmoor in the 1971/72 season in the old Third Division & was quickly hooked. The game ended 1-1 (still remember)
You did our “Opposition View” for our last encounter, you mentioned how you would like to get into the championship but remained realistic by adding that mid table was your goal. There's a real chance you might make the play-offs, how do you feel now?
This season has exceeded my & most other Millers fans expectations & even the most pessimistic Rotherham fan (me) is starting to believe that the play-offs are possible.
The progression Rotherham's made in the past two seasons is very impressive, how important is it for you to see stability within the players and coaching staff?
Evans & Raynor, our manager & number two may not be everyones cup of tea (me neither) because of their touchline antics & cringeworthy interviews but you have to say they are very successful & their managerial record speaks for itself.
Player wise, apart from the 8 to 10 core squad members, it has been a bit of a revolving door this season with many players going in & out of the club, mainly on loan. Fans were dissapointed to lose some of last seasons promotion heros such as Nardiello & Mullins, but some of the players Evans has brought in have been quality, such as full backs Tavernier & Skarz, midfielder Smallwood from Middlesbrough, & Striker Wes Thomas, though not all have been a success. Evans chased Bournemouth striker Matt Tubbs for a year before he brought him to NYS on a six month loan with a view to him being a 200k club record signing & in the sixmonths we had him, he scored ONE goal & couldn't hit a barn door with a bazzooka!
Can you tell our members and readers about your passion for football? You have an hobby of watching quite a few games all across England, why is that?
I consider myself to be a football fan first, & a Millers fan second, which might sound a bit mental, but there is something great about going to a match with no vested interest, a true neutral & enjoy the whole day, soak up the atmosphere, & arrive home after an enjoyable day out without wanting to smash the house up when you come home. I still make most Millers home games though!
(I even went to ML this season as a neutral)
What's your biggest achievement so far within this season and what's really disappointed you?
Biggest achievement was beating BOTH massive Sheffield clubs at NYS in successive home games early in the season, so, so, satisfying after decades of them calling us "toytown"! Shut them up for a bit!!
Please tell us about your goal scorers so far this season, do you have confident strikers or do have goals being scored from all over?
Kieran Agard is our top scorer so far with 16 goals & we play him on the right side of midfield!!
In fact, our next two top scorers are also midfielders, Lee Frecklington (9) & Ben Pringle (7), with striker Alex Revell also on 7. Recent signing Wes Thomas who is a striker has scored in his last three games
What formation(s) have you been using and how do you expect your starting line up to look on Saturday?
We normally go 4-4-2 at home but we can adapt to either 4-5-1 or 3-5-2 depending how the game is going.
Name three teams which have impressed you at New York Stadium and three teams which have impressed you at their home ground?
The three teams who impressed me at NYS were Swindon, who murdered us 4-0, Preston who looked very strong in a 0-0 draw & surprisingly enough Crawley, who outplayed us but we managed a 2-2 draw with a last minute equaliser.
I've only been to three away games this season (Notts, York in the JPT, & Bradford) & we won all those, so I can't say i've been impressed with any of them
Over the years, which three players that you have seen play (for any team) have been the best and was they playing within the league suited to their talent?
Gerry Forrest, my all time favourite Millers player, finally achieved the top division with Southampton, playing in the same side as Le Tissier.
Cesc Fabregas; made his Arsenal debut v the Millers in the league cup 2002/03 season at Highbury, the rest is history.
Teddy Sherringham; played for West Ham v The Millers in the early 00's, sheer quality
Who are your main threats within your squad, which players would you highlight as possible tricky players for Notts?
Our main threats are our midfield, who I regard as the best in League 2, Frecklington & Pringle in particular. Watch out too, for Alex Revell, our target man, who is so important to the way we play, your centre backs will know they've been in a game.
Which Notts players do you think are likely to cause Rotherham's defence some problems and how do you see the score ending?
For Notts, McGregor looks impressive, & Grealish, your loan signing from Villa seems to have done well. I can't see past a Millers victory, sorry guys, so i'll stab at Millers 3 Pies 1
What is Rotherham like for travelling fans? Can you tell us where you would recommend to spend time, perhaps go for a drink and what is parking like?
With the ground being in the town centre & 5 minutes from the train station, all the eating & drinking outlets are within easy walking distance; eg McDonalds, KFC, THREE weatherspoons pubs, cafes etc. There is also a licenced bar inside all the stadium concourses.
There is a Liquid night club just up the road with a huge car park. I think they charge but i dunno how much.
Pride of Nottingham would like to thank 'BradtheMiller' for his time answering our questions and for sharing his views with regards to this upcoming game. It is always nice to see the opinions of our resident opposition friends.