Rotherham United: Millers away form faces testing spell

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Rotherham United’s away form has been superb this season and a major reason they are up in the League One Play-off places.

They have clocked up nine away wins already - the second best in the division - and have won six of their last seven away games.

But their visit to Carlisle United this afternoon starts a testing away spell which will put that form under close scrutiny and could be a pointer towards those play-off prospects.

The Brunton Park trip is the first of a five game spell in which four of the games are away.

They follow up today with a trip to fellow play-off challengers Preston on Monday. After next Saturday’s home game with Notts County they then have two more successive away games, a Tuesday night trip to Colchester and then across to face Oldham.

It’s the sort of run of away fixtures which can see any team drop points in a short space of time but Rotherham have acquired themselves a seven point cushion over the seventh-placed club (Walsall) which would be some sort of safeguard in the event of points being dropped.

The Millers will be without Mark Bradley who injured his back last Saturday and Craig Morgan, a tonsilitis victim, also misses again.

Bradley’s absence could see James Tavernier switch to right back with Joe Skarz coming in at left back.

They face a Carlisle side bouyed by their fine midweek win away to Coventry in which they came from behind to win 2-1.

Manager Graham Kavanagh left out top scorer David Amoo but is expected to restore him tomorrow.

The Cumbrians have been erratic at home winning seven and losing seven but have beaten Brentford and Peterborough at home.

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