Match Preview | Cardiff City vs. Rotherham United
OPPOSITION FOCUS | IN THE DUGOUT
The Millers’ manager is Matt Taylor, who was appointed following the departure of Paul Warne to League One outfit Derby County.
The former centre-back represented fourteen different clubs during his playing career, amassing over 250 league appearances.
Taylor spent four seasons at Exeter City, going on to become the club’s manager in June 2018. During his time in the post at St James Park, he guided them to promotion from League Two at the end of last season, finishing second in the table.
This month, Taylor was confirmed as the new manager of Rotherham, signing a contract until 2026, with his assistant, Wayne Carlisle, also joining the club.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | KEY PLAYER
Striker Georgie Kelly has made a positive start to life in the Championship, having joined the Millers from League of Ireland Premier Division outfit Bohemians in January.
The attacker notably scored the second goal in a 2-0 win over Gillingham in April, which secured the club’s promotion back to the second tier.
Since then, Kelly has netted three league goals so far this season, coming in a 3-0 win over Blackpool, as well as in a 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town.
With the striker heading into this weekend in-form, Kelly has scored twice so far in October, with the latest coming in their weekend fixture, a 4-2 defeat to Hull City.
CLUB CONNECTION | LEE PELTIER
One man who could be making a return to the Welsh capital this weekend is former City right back, Lee Peltier.
The Liverpool-born defender became a Bluebird in January 2015, and went on to make over 150 appearances for the club, winning promotion to the Premier League in 2017/18.
Having played for former City and Rotherham boss Neil Warnock at Middlesbrough, Pelts made the move to the New York Stadium this summer.
Now at the age of 35, the right back has made ten Championship appearances for the Millers this term, including eight starts, and had a brief spell in caretaker charge before the arrival of current boss Taylor.
CITY FLASHBACK | CITY HIT MILLERS FOR FIVE AT CCS
The Bluebirds secured a memorable win over Rotherham United in February 2017, with a fantastic performance earning a 5-0 victory.
A brilliant curling effort from winger Kadeem Harris gave City an early lead, before Junior Hoilett finished clinically to put the Bluebirds 2-0 up at the break.
There was no let up from City in the second-half, adding a further three goals through Craig Noone’s volley and a great finish from Kenneth Zohore, who added his second with a nonchalant lob.
The result was the Bluebirds’ biggest win since a 6-0 victory over Bristol City in 2010, with City going on to finish 12th in the Championship in a campaign that was a springboard for success, gaining promotion to the Premier League as runners-up in the following season.