Rotherham United: Millers expect physical test

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ROTHERHAM United will be preparing for a long ball assault and a physical challenge when AFC Wimbledon roll into the New York Stadium tomorrow.

The London club have been on a tremendous run recently which has carried them seven points clear of the relegation places when, not so long ago, they were bottom and struggling.

Former player Neil Ardley took over in October and they gave the Millers a testing examination a month later before Steve Evans’ side won with a late goal.

That was a physical test for the Millers, not least in a late, aerial assault as the Dons looked to save a point.

Certainly the Millers will be taking nothing for granted - they have been painfully stung too often at home already this season.

Twice they have lost at their new ground when the opposition arrived bottom of the table, Wycombe and then Bristol Rovers. Improving Wimbledon arrive believing one more win will virtually ensure their survival whilst Rotherham know they need three points ahead of Monday’s tough trip to Gillingham.

Rotherham got some additional game time into some of their senior players this week in a reserve team fixture.

Daniel Nardiello - top scorer with 18 for the first team - took advantage to score twice in a 3-1 win at Morecambe.

The other goal came from Kieran Agard who scored the only goal of the game at Wimbledon - only his second for the club - and he promptly ran into the tstand behind the goal to hug his family!

Agard was a major doubt last Saturday had the game with exeter gone ahead. He had been suffering from illness.

This prompted Rotherham to recall winger Lionel Ainsworth and he played at Morecambe.

“We got some game time into some senior players - some who haven’t had a lot recently - and it was invaluable to be able to do so,” said Millers assistant boss Paul Raynor.

This included goalkeeper Scott Shearer and central defender Craig Morgan whilst Kayode Odejayi also played 90 minutes as did winger Daniel Kearns who has yet to start a game since starting his loan spell from Peterborough but has figured several times off the bench.

A young Millers reserve side lost 4-0 at Hartlepool yesterday.

n The home game with Exeter will now be on Tuesday, April 9 - and will amount to the game in hand on most of those above them.