Old boy the Guy to beat for Millers

In form: Johnny Mullins impressed in the Millers' win at Burton.
In form: Johnny Mullins impressed in the Millers' win at Burton.
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ROTHERHAM United have ended two unwanted runs in the past couple of matches.

They stopped that losing run of away matches, which had stretched to five, when winning at Burton whilst the previous game - at home to Accrington Stanley - had seen them secure a first league win in a Tuesday night fixture this season.

This still leaves them yet to win away this season on a Tuesday night, a thought to contemplate on the long journey to Torquay today.

Amongst those lying in wait will be former Millers favourite Guy Branston, now aged 32, and who was, exactly ten years ago, in the midst of his best ever season as part of the Rotherham United side which gained an unlikely promotion to The Championship in 2001.

Branston has been a solid part of Torquay’s backline this season although he will have another partner tomorrow as fellow central defender Mark Ellis was sent off in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley for a professional foul and is suspended.

It seems likely that the changes made then in the back four after the dismissal will be the starting point tonight with former Sheffield United youngster Chris Robertson, who began at right-back, being Branston’s partner with Lee Mansell dropping from midfield to right-back.

Torquay - many people’s dark horses this time after an excellent second half to last season - are currently four points off the play-offs but that could well stretch to seven.

In a remarkable coincidence, both they and Hereford played ineligible players during their recent meeting at Edgar Street (Hereford won) and both clubs await a Football League decision, with the prospect of three points being deducted.

Despite Ryan Cresswell’s clearance to begin training, tonight’s game will come too early and it is unlikely that Johnny Mullins would be left out anyway after his display at Burton in which he had the added bonus of scoring his first goal for the Millers.

If Rotherham lose they drop from the top three as the teams below them, Shrewsbury and Bury, meet. A win for either along with a Millers draw, would have the same effect.