Millers hope for a happy homecoming

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Don Valley Stadium has been much-maligned at various times for one thing or another during Rotherham United’s time there but perhaps the Millers will be happy to get back “home” tonight in view of their recent away record.

Not that any Millers follower will be taking anything for granted tonight against Accrington Stanley who, since their return to the Football League four years ago, have enjoyed nothing much more than bloodying the noses of those who aspire to be near the top.

Rotherham have had the odd whack from them too and if the evidence of Accy Stan’s recent visits is anything to go by then it will be hard-fought and a spot of patience might well be required from the DVS faithful.

In fact, John Coleman’s side relish and embrace the underdogs tag but they have also moved on from the bunch of scrappers who battled their way to consolidation in that first season back up.

The second goal they scored in this season’s clash at the Crown Ground was classy - a corner pulled back, a dummy and a fine effort from midfielder Jimmy Ryan, a player renowned for his shooting.

Perhaps Millers manager Ronnie Moore and his players will remember that this was the last time they came from behind to win. In fact, they did so twice, with skipper Ryan Cresswell scoring the winner in the last minute.

However Cresswell, who got the all-clear for his shoulder last week, has suffered a setback after injury his ankle in training which means he will miss his expected comeback for the reserves tomorrow.

The other occasion Rotherham have come back from behind was when they recovered from a 3-1 deficit to Cheltenham before winning 6-4 in the second home game of the season.

Accrington’s game on Saturday at home to Southend was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch which means their last outing was at Stevenage the week before when they showed their spirit by scoring twice in the final two minutes to earn a 2-2 draw.

Rotherham will be without striker Ryan Taylor who was injured on Saturday and left-back Callum Kennedy who serves a one-match for his dismissal at Oxford.

Loan signing Omar Daley is on course for a home debut.

The club operated a Friends for a Fiver scheme for tonight’s match but these had to be pre-purchased before matchday.

The npower Football League Roadshow will be in Rotherham this week.

It is at Parkgate Shopping Centre at Retail World from today until Saturday and some of the Millers players will be on site on Thursday between 2pm and 3pm to meet fans.