Rotherham United: Millers in contrast of styles

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A fascinating contrast in styles is in prospect at a buzzing Bramall Lane tonight (writes Les Payne).

Attack-minded Rotherham United, the top scorers in the Football League’s three divisions, against a Sheffield United side who have resurrected their season on the back of defensive organisation and solidity.

The goalscoring Millers, with 77 goals in all and scoring in all but one of their last 17 games, against the rock-solid Blades who have kept 11 clean sheets in their last 15 games since the turnaround after the 3-0 defeat at Crewe on February 1.

Steve Evans, who sends his sides out to go at and attack the opposition, against Nigel Clough who has built his side’s revival and subsequent outside Play-off chance on defending in numbers inside his own half, luring opponents onto them and playing on the counter-attack.

Both methods have been successful. Rotherham launching, firstly, a Play-off bid most felt would be well beyond them in this first season after promotion and, incredibly, now in with an outside chance of automatic promotion.

United, second bottom after that defeat at Crewe, have proved the hardest of sides to beat in the ensuing two months or so, losing only twice in the subsequent 15 matches since which includes their magnificent FA Cup run as well.

It’s a team who keep on scoring goals against a team who don’t concede.

One is encouraged to go out and do it their way, the other has developed a belief in the way they are set up and play. It should be fascinating.