ROTHERHAM UNITED: New arrival set for Millers bow

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NEW Rotherham United signing Lee Frecklington is poised to make his debut in tomorrow’s clash at Aldershot Town after joining the League Two club this afternoon, writes Dom Howson.

The 27-year-old has arrived on a one-month loan deal from Peterborough United and goes straight into the squad for the Millers trip to the Recreation Ground.

The midfielder has played almost 100 times for Posh and also represented Lincoln City in his career. Frecklington is set to stay with the Millers until November 20.

Steve Evans, the Rotherham United manager, said: “Lee is a player I have admired for a long time and we have tried desperately before to sign him permanently but we couldn’t get near the figures required.”

So far, Rotherham have failed to justify their billing as one of the pre-season promotion favourites in the Football League’s basement division.

But Evans, who will patrol the touchline at Aldershot Town this afternoon for the first time since early September after serving a six-match stadium ban, feels the Millers sluggish start should be put into context. Rotherham currently sit in 13th position after 11 matches.

“If we win our game in hand, we will be a point outside the play-offs,” he said. “People forget that.

“If we had gone and won our game in hand at Accrington Stanley, we would be sitting on 18 points and nobody would be blinking an eyelid.”

The Millers have yet to win away from home under Evans, who was publicly backed by chairman Tony Stewart earlier this week. It is a statistic which needs to change quickly if they are to challenge in the upper echelons of the division.

Top-of-the-table Gillingham trounced Aldershot 4-0 last weekend, condemning the lowly Shots to a sixth defeat on the spin, but Evans claims that result will have no bearing on tomorrow’s fixture.

Evans insisted: “It doesn’t make it any tougher. Even if we had won every game, this would be tough. Aldershot have lost games that they have been in by the odd goal. They have got good players. We know the quality they have got.”

He quipped: “Donald Duck will get relegated before Aldershot do.”

Read the full story in tomorrow’s Star.

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