Rotherham United: Striker shortage is problem for Millers

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As they prepare for a Coventry City backlash tonight, Rotherham United must do so without four central strikers for tonight’s away clash with the Sky Blues.

Alex Revell, injured in Saturday, is rated doubtful and looks forced to miss out.

Tom Eaves, who would be his natural replacement, was recalled by his club Bolton Wanderers yesterday.

In addition, the Millers have two strikers out on loan at Bury in Daniel Nardiello and Danny Hylton.

It leaves manager Steve Evans without a recognised target man as they look to extend their unbeaten run to six matches in all competitions.

His options for the central striker roles appear to be Matt Tubbs, Kieran Agard and new loan signing Nouha Dicko.

Although Agard has been operating in a wide role, he is more naturally a central striker and could get the nod there tonight. If so, Evans could start with Dicko in Agard’s role out wide or he could look to reshuffle his midfield and recall Rob Milsom.

Coventry have also suffered a striker blow with ex-Owls striker Leon Clarke missing the game with a hip injury.

Whatever, the Millers manager says they will expect a Coventry backlash after their shock 5-1 home defeat to Tranmere.

“It was a strange game and Coventry could have been three up early on but they had their errors punished,” said Evans.

“They will look to respond, we’re aware of that. They have some big players and, without the points deduction, would be sitting in fourth position.

“We know this is a big challenge, Coventry have been scoring lots of goals (they are currently second top scorers with 38 goals) and particularly at home.”

Their home is now Northampton’s Sixfields because of problems with the Ricoh Arena owners. But with fans boycotting home games - with its 35 mile journey - attendances have been down in only the 2,000s