ROTHERHAM United today face a struggling Stockport County side whose defence has been bolstered by two new signings - one whom had to endure Rotherham’s happiest moments of last season.
Giant 6ft 5in Aaron Brown and fellow central defender Daniel O’Donnell have joined bottom-of-the-table County’s fight to avoid the drop into the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Brown, who has arrived on a month’s loan from Leyton Orient, was in the Aldershot side which lost to the Millers in both legs of he League Two play-off semi-finals last season.
O’Donnell joined Crewe a few years ago from Liverpool in a deal set to rise to £300,000.
He made over 100 appearances for them but left in the summer and joined Shrewsbury but after just six months he was released at the beginning of this month.
Both are set to figure today as County look to arrest their slide and correct the division’s worst goals-against record - they have conceded 61.
The signings follow a similar pattern to when they clubs met just a few weeks ago at Edgeley Park. Stockport had just brought in four players and two of them, Ismael Demontangnac and Steve Husband, both on loan from Blackpool, both scored in the 3-3 draw.
Stockport haven’t won for six games and since the draw with Rotherham theyv have lost 3-0 and 4-3 to fellow relegation rivals Hereford and Lincoln respectively.
“We saw what happened so recently over there,” said Millers manager Ronnie Moore. “They’d just lost 5-0 at home to Gillingham and everybody expected us to go there and get three points but it just doesn’t work out like that.
“They’ve got some more new players in as well this week but we’ve got one in as well,” he said referring to striker Ian Thomas-Moore who is set for his debut.
If he comes in on the left then Kevin Ellison looks set to step down from the team beaten at Stevenage.
Midfielder Jason Taylor serves the second game of his three-match ban.