Latics look to claim back-to-back victories against South Yorkshire clubs when they head to the New York Stadium.
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ROTHERHAM UNITED V WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2017
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PRE-MATCH BUILD UP
Latics are on the road for the first time in over a month when they travel to Rotherham United on Saturday, heading to South Yorkshire in search of back-to-back victories following Tuesday night’s 3-0 win against Doncaster Rovers.
Ryan Colclough’s heroics saw Paul Cook’s side bounce back from Saturday’s defeat against Bradford City, closing the gap behind Sky Bet League One leaders Shrewsbury Town to just one point.
Latics are unbeaten in three on the road, all of which came in October, with victories over Scunthorpe United and Blackpool, and a draw at Gillingham.
Opponents Rotherham sit five points outside of the play-off places in ninth, but Paul Warne’s men haven’t picked up a victory in the league since mid-October, a run now stretching five matches after their last minute 2-1 defeat against Shrewsbury on Saturday.
One-time Latics loanee Paul Warne will be hoping to turn around his side’s recent form.
FORM GUIDE – LAST SIX
Rotherham – WLDLDL, 5 points
Latics – WDWDLW, 11 points
The Millers will be desperate to turn around their recent form in League One this weekend. Warne’s side are currently suffering a five-game winless streak, somewhat surprising when you consider they won three consecutive matches against Northampton Town, Rochdale and Scunthorpe before defeat to AFC Wimbledon put them in their recent slump.
A 3-3 draw at Oxford United followed, before a 3-1 home defeat against Gillingham and a 1-1 draw at South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster ahead of Saturday’s defeat at home to Shrewsbury.
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
Our last victory at Rotherham came in March 2015 when Jermaine Pennant’s free kick double and a superb goalkeeping display by Ali Al Habsi earned all three points, despite Matt Derbyshire’s attempts to spoil the party for over 1,000 travelling Latics supporters.
Latics have actually won three of their last four trips to Rotherham, winning 2-0 in January 2005 thanks to goals from Gary Teale and Jason Roberts, as well as a 3-0 victory in August 2003, as Jason Jarrett, Nathan Ellington and Neil Roberts hit the target.
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD SINCE JOINING FOOTBALL LEAGUE IN 1978
League: Latics 14 wins, Rotherham 7 wins and 5 draws
FA Cup: Rotherham 1 win
League Cup: Rotherham 1 win
EFL Trophy: Latics 2 wins
Away record (league only): Latics 6 wins, Rotherham 4 wins, 3 draws
Gary Teale celebrates his goal at Rotherham United in 2005.
A promotion winner no fewer than six times throughout his career, current Latics defender Craig Morgan joined the club from Rotherham ahead of the 2015-16 League One title winning campaign, captaining Latics back to the Championship at the first attempt.
The Welsh international had enjoyed three seasons with the Millers prior to his arrival at the DW Stadium, winning promotion from League Two in his first season in 2012-13, before a second consecutive promotion in 2013-14 when Rotherham beat Leyton Orient in the League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium. Morgan featured alongside other familiar Latics names in James Tavernier, Alex Revell and Haris Vuckic on the day.
Morgan played 105 games in all competitions for Rotherham, helping to steer the club Championship safety in 2014-15 before his move to Latics.
The 32-year-old’s other career promotions include 2007-08 and 2008-09 with Peterborough United, and as a 17-year-old with his first club Wrexham in 2002-03.
Other current connections include Rotherham manager Paul Warne, goalkeeping coach Mike Pollitt, goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell and Latics’ left back Reece James.
Craig Morgan celebrates lifting the Sky Bet League One trophy at the DW Stadium.