MATCH FACTS: ROTHERHAM vs CARDIFF
Club News2nd March
Rotherham United vs Cardiff City
Venue: The New York Stadium
Date: Tuesday, 3rd March 2015, 7:45pm
The Bluebirds open March with a Tuesday night trip to the Millers of Rotherham. Steve Evans' side defeated strugglers Millwall on Saturday to open up a six point gap between the two sides.
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- Forward Alex Revell joined the Bluebirds from Rotherham United in January
- City are unbeaten against the Millers in the past five meetings, winning two
- Rotherham's last win in this fixture was a 1-0 home win in March 1999
- The Bluebirds are unbeaten in their last three away matches
- While the Millers have won three of their last four home matches
- Matt Derbyshire is the current top scorer for Evans' side with five goals
KEY OPPOSITION PLAYER: Paul Green
Republic of Ireland international Green joined the Millers in the summer from Leeds United, and has been a key player in the midfield for Steve Evans throughout the 2014/15 season. Green has appeared in 33 matches to date for Rotherham, netting on three occasions. The former Doncaster, Derby and Ipswich man is arguably one of the first names on the team-sheet with only defender Karl Arnason and goalkeeper Adam Collin having been selected on more occasions this season.
ONE TO WATCH: Ezekiel Fryers
22-year-old Fryers has a plethora of big named previous clubs, having already appeared for the likes of Manchester United, Standard Liege and Tottenham Hotpsur in his relatively short career. A former England youth international, Fryers agreed to an initial one-month loan deal with Rotherham from Crystal Palace, and this has already been extended following an impressive start to life in South Yorkshire. The full-back has been selected on nine occasions to date by Evans, and is likely to be involved as the Bluebirds visit the New York Stadium on Tuesday.
RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS)
Cardiff City: DDDDWL
Last time out: Cardiff City 0-1 Wolves – Saturday, 28th February 2015, Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff City slipped to their first defeat in six as Wolves came away 1-0 winners at the Cardiff City Stadium. After a promising first half performance, the Bluebirds trailed at half time as Bakary Sako guided home a low cross on the break. City pushed for an equaliser in the second period, but were dealt a blow when Peter Whittingham saw red for a second bookable offence. Despite a flurry of late chances for the spirited Bluebirds, Wolves held firm to secure a third successive victory.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Connolly, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Peltier, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Kennedy (Revell), Noone, Doyle (McAleny), Jones. Subs not used: Moore, Adeyemi, Ralls, O’Keefe, Macheda.
Last time out: Rotherham United 2-1 Millwall – Saturday, 28th February 2015, Sky Bet Championship
Rotherham's earned a crucial victory over relegation rivals Millwall at the New York Stadium on Saturday. Martyn Woolford had given Millwall the lead but Danny Ward struck an equaliser just after half-time. Kari Arnason scored the winner five minutes from time to put the Millers six points above the drop zone.
Rotherham United: Collin, Hunt, Broadfoot, Arnason, Fryers, Newton (Hammill), Green, Smallwood, Pringle, Ward (Frecklington), Derbyshire (Sammon). Subs Not Used: Loach, Milsom, Richardson, Clarke-Harris.Hause, Flatt.
LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING
2014/15: Saturday, 6th December, Championship: Cardiff City 0-0 Rotherham United
Cardiff City were held to a goalless draw at Cardiff City Stadium by a determined Millers side. A routine first half played out with both sides’ best chances coming from aerial balls into the box. Sean Morrison, Ben Turner and Kenwyne Jones went close though none could test stopper Collin to any real extent. For the visitors, Tom Lawrence and Ben Pringle were finding joy in the midfield though they too were guilty of wasting opportunities.
The second period saw Cardiff City explode into life, grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck as the half wore on. Though several chances came City’s way through hard work and endeavour with Craig Noone, Federico Macheda and Adam Le Fondre going close though the golden touch deserted the Bluebirds. 0-0 the final score.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Connolly (Fabio), S. Morrison, Turner, Brayford, Kim, Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Noone, Jones (Macheda), Le Fondre (R. Morrison). Subs Not Used: Moore, Adeyemi, Daehli, Ralls.
Rotherham United: Collin, Wootton, Arnason, Morgan, James, Ledesma (Bowery), Green, Smallwood, Pringle (Taylor), Lawrence (Clarke-Harris), Revell. Subs Not Used: Richardson, Newton, Brandy, Thompson.