Thomas Frank and The Bees head to Rotherham United tomorrow unbeaten in five in the Sky Bet Championship. Standing in their way of a first away win of the campaign is a Millers' side under Paul Warne battling for their Championship survival. Here's all the info ahead of tomorrow's game.
Rotherham United got a rude awakening to what life back in the Sky Bet Championship would be like during their 5-1 opening day defeat at Griffin Park back in August, but since then Paul Warne's side have adjusted well, and head into tomorrow's game two points above the drop zone in 21st.
The fact that Rotherham are not in more peril is down entirely to their home form. Since Hull City's victory in mid-August, only West Bromwich Albion have left The AESSEAL New York Stadium with all three points. Their two home league defeats is the joint-lowest in the second tier and their tally of 21 home points is equal with Stoke City, Aston Villa, and Blackburn Rovers.
That being said, Paul Warne's side head into tomorrow's game having lost five of their last six in all competitions, including a 7-0 thumping by Manchester City in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round, and were beaten 1-0 last time out at rock-bottom Ipswich Town.
The January window has brought just one re-inforcement so far with Matt Crooks joining from Northampton Town for an undisclosed fee.
Thomas Frank is still without Emiliano Marcondes and Lewis Macleod for tomorrow's game although Marcus Forss did come through an hour for the B Team on Tuesday night.
With Jamie Proctor out for the season and Kyle Vassell troubled by a groin problem, Michael Smith could be Warne's only striking option for tomorrow. Sean Raggett is likely to return following a facial injury but Joe Newell and an unnamed player, who Warne revealed went down in training this week but refused to name, are both struggling.
Paul Warne joined the coaching staff at United in May 2012, following his retirement from football. A striker in his career, he made over 450 professional league appearances across two spells at Rotherham. He also got game time at Wigan Athletic, Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town.
In November 2016, with Kenny Jackett heading out of the door, Warne was given the reins as caretaker-manager. In January that season, he was reluctantly handed the job full-time until the end of the season. Growing into the role as time went on, the 45-year-old followed the Club down into League One, rebuilding the squad and coming straight back to the second tier with promotion last season.
LAST TIME OUT
It was a five-star opening day performance at Griffin Park as The Millers were put to the sword.
TICKET AND TRAVEL INFO
There will be Pay on the Day tomorrow, cash only, from the away ticket office at The AESSEAL New York Stadium
(12 and under)
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This Saturday, and every Saturday in January, there is Industrial Action on the Northern network. There will be a severely reduced service between Sheffield and Rotherham, especially post-match, with the last service back to London leaving Rotherham at 5.58pm.
Mark Burridge presents Matchday Live from Rotherham this weekend, alongside Mick Cabble and Simon Ratcliffe. Hear live commentary and build-up to the game from 2.30pm.