Promotion battle hots up for Millers

ANYONE fancy a draw when Rotherham go to League Two promotion rivals Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow?

Perhaps fans of the Chairboys might be reluctant to have a flutter on it finishing all square in view of their side's record over the past few months which has been notable for its complete lack of draws.

Indeed, Wycombe haven't drawn any of their last 14 matches. Over the same spell, Rotherham have drawn four.

Of those 14 Wycombe have won nine and lost five. Their last draw was at home to Lincoln on October 30, a week after they had won 4-3 at Don Valley, which was a first home defeat for the Millers and one which rankles.

That's because it came courtesy of a controversial penalty decision by referee Peter Quinn (the man who sent off two Barnsley players at Hull last Saturday). He adjudged Johnny Mullins to have committed a foul although he clearly knocked the ball out for a corner at which point Kevin Betsy then went over his outstretched leg and the decision left players and crowd furious.

It came seven minutes from time to give Wycombe three points, a significant moment in view of the closeness of the two clubs in the table with Wycombe second, two points ahead of Rotherham.

Had that decision been made correctly and, we can assume, a draw would have ensued, then Rotherham would have been going into tomorrow's game in second place, ahead by a point.

Their last drawn game (2-2 at home to Lincoln) was a week after that DVS success and Wycombe go into this game having won their last four in the league at home although they did lose, surprisingly, in their last home game, dipping 1-0 to struggling Hereford in the FA Cup.

The player involved in the penalty drama at DVS, one-time Barnsley player Kevin Betsy, is a doubt for tomorrow having been taken off with a groin injury during the first half of the 2-1 win at Lincoln last Saturday.

Their striker Jon-Paul Pittman, out for some time with injury, made his comeback in a local cup match this week, scoring twice and appearing for an hour and could be on the bench.

Veteran Gareth Ainsworth, now 37, is still a key operator for Wycombe out on the right and manager Gary Waddock will be looking to him utilising his experience and nous in such a crucial game.

Millers manager Ronnie Moore is likely name an unchanged side for the trip.

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