ROTHERHAM United’s Carling Cup record at the Don Valley Stadium faces its fiercest test tonight.
The Millers are actually unbeaten in the competition at their temporary home although that is a rather grander statement than it seems considering tonight will only be the fourth tie there in this competition.
But the three previous wins have been pretty special, all coming against clubs from The Championship and providing some special memories from a ground that has been much derided.
The penalty shoot-out win over Wolves (promoted that same season) in 2008 showed that it was possible to have “an atmosphere” and they followed that up by beating Southampton by 3-1.
In 2009, the Millers claimed the scalp of Derby County.
But, in the fourth successive League 2 v Championship encounter at DVS in this competition. Leicester City look set to test that record to its limit.
With roughly £10million thrown at his summer recruiting campaign, Sven Goran Eriksson has plenty of quality to throw in Rotherham’s direction. In keeping with many managers in similar situations this week, he may decide to rest some of his key players but he has a good-sized squad to choose from and plenty of top ability to bring in.
Millions have been shelled out alone for defenders with one-time Doncaster central defender Matt Mills the cosltiest at around £4million plus goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel right back Lee Peltier from Huddersfield, left back Paul Konchesky from Liverpool and central defender Sean St.Ledger from Preston.
In too, although he didn’t figure in the 1-0 win at Coventry on Saturday, is the talented midfielder Michael Johnson on loan from Manchester City. Latest signing who did was another ex-Man City midfielder man, Gelson Fernandes.
Darius Vassell will miss out after being sent off at Coventry and Lee Peltier is out with a groin injury.
Rotherham recall Andy Warrington as on loan goalkeeper Conrad Logan can’t play against his parent club whilst new signing Michael Raynes, on the bench last Saturday, will come into centre defence for Troy Brown who is on Wales U21 duty.