ROTHERHAM United will today be facing a bouyant Bradford City side currently enjoying their best form of the season.
They arrive at the Don Valley Stadium for this afternoon’s clash on the back of a 3-1 home win over promotion chasing Shrewsbury Town and they are unbeaten in five matches. They are also on the back of three successive wins (including a 1-0 win at Southend and a 3-0 home success over Crewe) which is their best such sequence for just over two years.
They haven’t lost in five league games since the teams met at Valley Parade in mid-November when Rotherham won 3-2 doing so courtesy of a stoppage time penalty save from Conrad Logan.
Millers boss Andy Scott, who checked out the Bantams in their win over Shrewsbury on Saturday, says it could be a different type of game to that one with Bradford playing differently.
“They are a bit more direct so it will be different to up there,” he said. “They are a threat at set-pieces but so were Macclesfield and we dealt with that.”
Scott felt his side deserved something at Cheltenham on Friday when they went down to a 10th minute strike.
“We had been on top until then and the first shot they have, they score,” said Scott.
“On balance I thought we were the better side. We’ve had plenty of the ball, got into some good areas but not hit the target often enough.”
The result left Rotherham 11th, four points off the play-offs and 11 points behind the automatic promotion places, a route to promotion which is now looking quite unlikely.
“Promotion is our aim and I’m not bothered how we do it,” said Scott whose side will not play again after today until a home game with Swindon on January 14 due to having no game on Saturday as scheduled opponents Gillingham are in the FA Cup. That game down in Kent has been rearranged for Tuesday, February 21.
The Millers have Andy Warrington back in goal today after Conrad Logan returned to Leicester at the end of his half-season loan. Scott will seek to bring in another ‘keeper as Warrington is the only fit one.
Letf back Jon Harley came off at Cheltenham after feeling ill and he was being checked out over the weekend to see if he will be ok.
Bradford will be without midfielder David Syers who was sent off on Saturday. Manager Phil Parkinson can either recall former Doncaster Rovers man Ricky Ravenhill who was banned on Saturday or play Lee Bullock who went on as a sub against Shrewsbury.
He could also stick with talented young left winger Jack Compton whilst up front they have target man James Hanson and the speedy Nahki Wells.
“We are playing with a lot of energy and there is a real spirit and belief that we can compete with the better teams,” said Parkinson.