Rotherham United vs Forest preview

We seem to have been in the same division as the Millers for absolutely ages, so we should be relatively familiar with the trip up the M1 to Millmoor – “proper” football ground – well, perhaps it would be if it were to enter a tear in the space-time continuum and end up in the 1970s!  Crap ground aside, I love trips up to Rotherham, and despite their fans occasional obsessing over the miners strike, I actually do have a bit of a soft spot for them.

Forest, of course, top the league table – however in the case of Rotherham the league table lies somewhat, because they started with a ten point deficit thanks to the ‘stop dirty cheating Les-da by punishing other teams for what they did’ directive – add in the ten points and they’d be in the playoffs.  Over the last six games, Forest top the ‘form’ table still, Rotherham are third – with only blackpool separating us – so it should be close.

There’s a bit of inter-team interest too – they will have former Reds wee Gregor Robertson and Eugen Bopp in their lineup, whereas former Miller Ian Breckin of course is our captain.  We have shared other players historically, but they’re the only current players to feature for both clubs, so will have a little extra incentive to do well, Bopp in particular I have a nasty feeling about for saturday.

Forests’ injury worries are all but behind us – although concerning that Cullip and Harris picked up knocks against Yeading.  There’s been talk of slowing down Scott Dobie’s comeback – but other than that presumably Tyson will continue his not-so-gradual comeback, and Junior Agogo will be brimming with confidence following breaking his international duck last night.

The Millers will want to bounce back from a 3-0 embarrassment in the cup to League Two Peterborough, so I think Forest need to be on guard here, it’s certainly going to be the toughest game we’ve had for a while – and it will be a real challenge to keep our run of consecutive victories going at Millmoor.  Head says a draw, heart says we’ll sneak a win.

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Junior Agogo-ing places!

Junior took his good form at league level and opened his international account yesterday as Ghana took on Australia.  The Reds striker was on hand to tap the ball in from close range after Schwarzer spilled a cross by Asamoah Gyan to equalise for the Africans.  This was late in the game on 75 minutes, so given his extended involvement hopefully he won’t be knackered on saturday!

But it’s a good reward for Junior, after getting a couple of goals against Yeading that his recent league performances have probably warranted, it will be great for his confidence to bang in a goal at international level, even it it was only a tap in – it’s great news, time for him to start banging in some league goals for us – and I can think of no better time to start than on saturday at Rotherham!