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MATCH PREVIEW: ROTHERHAM UNITED V WIGAN ATHLETIC

13 March 2015

Learn more about this weekend's opponents Rotherham United.

  • Rotherham v Wigan Athletic, Saturday 14 March, kick off 3.00pm.
  • Latics head to South Yorkshire looking for fourth straight win away.
  • Tickets available on the day at the New York Stadium.

Latics head to South Yorkshire this weekend for a crunch match against Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday 14 March at 3.00pm.

With a full week to prepare for the fixture, manager Malky Mackay said in his pre-match press conference that he has no fresh injury concerns, and was delighted to welcome William Kvist and Leon Barnett back into the match day squad last weekend against Leeds United.

For Rotherham it's a bit more of a waiting game, with captain Craig Morgan, midfielder Paul Green and the in-form Danny Ward all getting close to full fitness, according to Millers' boss Steve Evans.

Latics go into the clash having won all of their last three away games, with wins over Reading, Blackpool and Norwich City.  Rotherham's form has seen them win two of their last three games, with victories over Millwall and Huddersfield Town.

Tickets for the game are still available to buy, with pay on the day available at Rotherham.  For full details please [click here].

ROTHERHAM IN 2014/15 SO FAR

It's been a mixed start to the year for Rotherham, with four victories, two draws and six defeats as they continue to battle to steer away from the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.

Back-to-back defeats at the beginning of January were followed by an impressive 4-2 victory at home to Bolton Wanderers, an away draw at Charlton Athletic and an equally impressive 2-0 win at home to Ipswich Town during the first week of February.



February went on to prove difficult for Steve Evans' men, with one draw and three defeats, before a 2-1 home win against Millwall.

Rotherham began March with a 3-1 home defeat against Cardiff City, but last weekend they bounced back, responding with a 2-0 away win at Huddersfield Town, despite going down to 10 men.

There have been recruits aplenty, with former Latics forward Conor Sammon joining on loan, alongside Adam Hammill from Huddersfield, Jack Hunt and Ezekiel Fryers from Crystal Palace, Farrend Rawson from Derby County, Jack Barmby from Leicester City and most recently full back Daniel Lafferty from Burnley.

Forward Danny Ward also arrived at the New York Stadium, initially on an emergency loan, before making his move permanent just three days later.  The Millers also welcomed back Robert Milsom from a loan spell at Bury.

The biggest outgoing came in the form of striker Alex Revell who joined Cardiff City on a permanent deal.  Loans out of the club include, Joe Skarz, Scott Loach, Febian Brandy and Jonson Clarke-Harris.

MAN TO WATCH - DANNY WARD



Highly rated by manager Steve Evans, Ward was signed on an emergency loan in early January, before making his deal permanent just days after the initial announcement.

He arrives at Rotherham alongside former Huddersfield team mate Adam Hammill, giving the Millers an exciting contrast on both sides of the pitch.

Ward made his debut in a 1-0 away defeat to Brentford, but soon got himself onto the goal trail with a last minute equaliser against Charlton Athletic at the Valley.

The 24-year-old has featured 10 times for Rotherham, adding two more goals to his tally, but he missed out against former club Huddersfield and is expected to make a return this weekend.

Another man to watch our for is former Latics forward Conor Sammon.  Like Ward, Sammon has already scored three goals for the Millers, and grabbed what turned out to be the winner for his former club Ipswich Town at the DW Stadium back in September.

FLASHBACK



Rotherham United 0-3 Wigan Athletic
Saturday 30 August 2003
Millmoor Stadium
First Division


A strong second half made no mistake about victory for Latics back in 2003 at Rotherham's former ground Millmoor, as Jason Jarrett, Nathan Ellington and Neil Roberts (pictured celebrating above) all scored to ensure a 3-0 victory at the start of the 2003/04 campaign.

The first half was cagey for Latics, with John Filan and future Latics goalkeeper Mike Pollitt both pulling out the stops to see a stalemate into half time.

Eight minutes into the second half it became a different story for Paul Jewell's men, with Jason Jarrett scoring from 10 yards thanks to a lay-off by Jimmy Bullard.

Ellington doubled Latics' lead just six minutes later as he found space and time in the box to beat Pollitt.  The striker also played a large part in Latics' third as he challenged the keeper in the air, with the ball dropping to Roberts for a simple tap in.

Victory moved Latics up to fourth, as Rotherham sat 17th, five games into the season.


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