How about scoring first for once?

May return: Ian Thomas-Moore.   Picture: Tony Johnson
May return: Ian Thomas-Moore. Picture: Tony Johnson
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HE mission, of course, will be to win but perhaps Rotherham United will firstly have another target in mind when they play Bradford City at Valley Parade tonight.

It will be to buck the trend of falling behind and being forced to chase the game, something that has happened to them in their last eight away matches.

Starting with the game at bottom-club Stockport on January 11, the Millers have conceded the first goal on their last eight away trips, on several of those occasions in the early stages of the game.

In fact, on only one occasion have they not conceded in the first half and in five of those last eight they have been behind at half-time.

As they look to turn such statistics in their favour, they head off for Bradford having conceded a goal in the first five minutes of away games on four occasions.

“It would be nice to score first for a change, we have been going behind away from home and chasing games to get back in them,” said manager Ronnie Moore.

In the last away game they were one down after 17 minutes at Torquay but rescued a point. The previous game they conceded in the first minute at Burton but responded quickly by equalising in the fifth minute.

They meet a Bradford side still concerned about their position in the table, fifth-bottom and six points ahead of the relegation places.

Peter Taylor left the manager’s post last week and former favourite Peter Jackson, ex-Huddersfield and Lincoln boss, is in temporary charge and desperate to land the job.

“‘Jacko’ will have them fired up for what’s his first home game so we’ll know what to expect,” said Moore.

City, who played reasonably well in their 2-0 defeat at Gillingham, have a decent record against the top clubs this season.

They did the double over Bury and have beaten both Wycombe and Gillingham at Valley Parade whilst also managing to get a draw at Chesterfield.

The Bantams got a 0-0 draw at the DVS at the end of September, the last time Rotherham failed to score in a league game at home until Saturday’s game against Barnet.

Moore may look to bring Ian Thomas-Moore back into the side and Callum Kennedy is on standby at left back if the club’s appeal against Tom Newey’s red card on Saturday is dismissed.

Neither Omar Daley not Kevin Ellison can figure although Jackson is understood to want Daley back.