Town visit Rotherham looking to extend lead at the top
Town head to the New York Stadium on Tuesday night looking to extend their lead at the top of League One. Saturday’s win over Lincoln City, coupled with Rotherham’s defeat at Peterborough, left Paul Lambert’s men finishing the day in top spot.
The lead is only a slender one, a point ahead of the Millers and third-placed Wycombe. The Chairboys, who weren’t in action at the weekend, face Blackpool at Adams Park on Tuesday.
The Blues go into the match in fine form, having accumulated 11 points from a possible 15 since the turn of the year. Despite Saturday’s defeat, Paul Warne’s men have picked up 12 points out of a possible 15 and are the favourites for promotion.
Paul Lambert has hinted there could be a couple of fresh legs for the clash on Tuesday night, the second of three games in eight days with Peterborough visiting Portman Road on Saturday.
Will Norris will continue in goal, with a back three of Luke Woolfenden, Luke Chambers and James Wilson ahead of him. Luke Garbutt and Gwion Edwards will continue in their wing-back roles.
The first change could come in midfield, with Cole Skuse replacing the impressive Emyr Huws. The Welshman has played a lot of football recently and could be rested after starting the last five matches. Flynn Downes will partner either Skuse or Huws in the midfield, they young midfielder, like Gwion Edwards, is only one booking away from a two match ban.
Alan Judge looks set to continue in the advanced midfielder role behind Kayden Jackson and one of James Norwood or Will Keane. Keane, who has been preferred over leading scoring Norwood, could be rested but we understand it is likely the former Manchester United forward will start at Rotherham.
Rotherham go into the game knowing they could be the first team to inflict a double over Town. In October, Rotherham secured a comfortable 2-0 win at Portman Road. It was Town’s first home defeat of the season and the second in four days as Crooks netted twice to secure the Millers a victory. The midfielder struck first on 11, then added the second three minutes after the restart, pouncing on a Cole Skuse mistake.
Town have the upper hand in previous meetings with the Yorkshire club, winning 15 of the previous games between the sides. Rotherham have claimed the spoils on ten occasions, with eight games ending in draws.
Man in the Middle
Tuesday’s referee is Marc Edwards, who has shown 58 yellow cards and one red in 22 games so far this season. Edwards will be taking charge of his first Town match.