Rotherham United: Millers bid to buck derby trend

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Although it is very early in the season, when strange results can give a false picture, few expected Rotherham United to be looking down the table at Sheffield United before the teams met in front of a full house at the New York Stadium.

But that is the case as the Millers contemplate a decent start to life in League One.

While their neighbours absorb the implications of their new-found wealth, Rotherham followers will be more concerned with the paucity of their record whenever Sheffield United have ventured into their neck of the woods.

In 14 league meetings between the pair at Millmoor, the Millers managed a measly two wins.

The first was on the first occasion they hosted the Blades in a league game, in the 1951/52 season when Rotherham - having gained promotion the previous season, as now - won 3-1.

The only other time they won at home was in 1980/81, which is one season that Rotherham fans are happy to remember and Blades fans just want to forget.

Rotherham gained promotion from the Third Division (now League One) as champions; the Blades were relegated to the bottom flight, with Don Givens missing a penalty on a disastrous last day.

On a February afternoon at Millmoor, Rotherham won 2-1 thanks to a last-minute winner from Ronnie Moore.

Rotherham have enjoyed wins at the Lane across the years but they will welcome David Weir’s men with a record of not having won any of the last nine meetings, home or away, between the clubs.

Rotherham’s last win was the second leg of a League Cup tie in 1989, 1-0 after they had drawn 1-1 at Bramall Lane.

If the depleted Millers are to add the scalp of the Blades to that of the Owls (and that has only ever happened once previously, 61 years ago) they are going to have to buck a trend.