Rotherham United: Millers look to restore high standards

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Despite an away draw a week ago which extended their unbeaten run to ten matches, Rotherham United’s disappointment afterwards was due to them not reaching the high standards they have set

That’s the view of assistant boss Paul Raynor ahead of Rotherham’s trip to face Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park tonight.

“We were going to Colchester off the back of the 6-0 win over Notts County and all that was associated with it and we didn’t want it to be an anti-climax,” said Raynor.

“But we felt we didn’t play like we can and that at the end of the day it was two points lost rather than one gained. But that perhaps shows how far we have come on this season.

“Yes, every point is vital but you just never know where those extra two points might take you.

“We have set high standards here and don’t want to be dropping below them. Let’s get back to those standards. The pitch was poor, certainly, but our passing wasn’t sharp and we didn’t create the chances we normally do.”

Raynor saw Oldham lose 3-1 at home to Preston on Saturday... “they had got back in it but were then reduced to ten men,” he said.

“They are now looking over their shoulder and that makes them dangerous and we saw at New York Stadium that they’re not a bad side at all with a young, inventive manager.”

Kari Arnason is back available after missing last Tuesday to play for Iceland against Wales - and returning with additional admiration for Gareth Bale and his qualities after facing the Real Madrid man.

Claude Davis is also available after missing the last two games with a knee injury.

Manager Steve Evans played Miles Addison alongside Craig Morgan at Colchester and he marked his return to the side with a solid display.

Lee Frecklington will be ok although he took a whack in the face which forced him off late in the game and left him with a black eye.

Oldham will be without striker Jonson Clarke-Harris who gets a one game ban for being sent off when he handled on the line.

Then goalkeeper Mark Oxley, with the Millers as a youngster before a £150,000 move to Hull City who currently loan him to the Latics, saved Joe Garner’s penalty.

Current debate at Oldham concerns a lack of atmosphere at the ground which is three-sided with one side having been demolished.

Manager Lee Johnson has taken to asking fans how they can improve it and one suggestion is they move the home fans to the opposite end of the ground.

Rotherham will have a sizeable following tonight and so there will be an atmosphere.

They lost 3-1 at home to Preston on Saturday with Latics boss Johnson admitting they were outclassed and that too many of his players had off days in the first half.

“We needed to be performing at 0-0 not when we were 2-1 down,” he said. “But Preston are a very strong side. I’m just glad we have another game coming up quickly.

Right winger David Worrall, who is on loan from Rotherham, can’t play tonight.

Millers boss Steve Evans says Worrall and midfielder Michael Tidser, who is also out on loan, have not been ruled out of any future plans and will return to the Millers at the end of the season.

Rotherham United have agreed a further two-year extension to their partnership with Parkgate Shopping.

The deal will see the Parkgate Shopping name stay on the home shirt for at least the next two years and it will then have been the club’s main sponsor for nine years.

A young Millers side lost 4-0 to Hull reserves.