Rotherham United: Johnny Mullins braced for U’s reunion

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IRONICALLY, Johnny Mullins scored the last time Oxford United lost in League Two.

The Rotherham United defender found the back of the net as the U’s suffered a last minute defeat at Chesterfield in mid-November.

But Chris Wilder’s men are currently in the in-form side of the division, having chalked up five victories and three draws from their last eight league outings to sneak up to 12th in the table, just two points shy of the play-off placings.

As the Millers prepare to travel to the Kassam Stadium this Saturday, Mullins is poised to line up against his former charges.

Oxford signed the centre-back on a three-month loan deal in October. Hampstead-born Mullins starred in U’s colours, featuring eight times, hitting two goals and helped the team keep three clean sheets. He formed a promising partnership at the heart of Oxford’s rearguard with Jake Wright.

His impressive form and a mounting injury list prompted Rotherham boss Steve Evans into recalling the fans favourite after just two months of his temporary switch.

Since returning, Mullins, who collected Rotherham’s Player of the Year award last season, has been one of the first names on the team-sheet and he has even captained the side!

“A lot has been made of me going out on loan but whatever has happened has happened now and it’s in the past,” he said last month.

‘Before I left it wasn’t clicking but slowly it’s come right and everything is going right and long may it continue.”

Oxford boast former Millers defender Michael Raynes in their ranks. The centre-half, released by Evans last May, has made 27 appearances for the U’s.