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Rotherham vs. Swansea

Millmoor Ground

22/10/05

3:00pm

Rotherham Preview

After drawing two blanks against Yeovil and then Oldham, our confidence was then boosted with a midweek 3-1 away win at Torquay in the LDV Vans Trophy. Rotherham are this weekend's opponents as we make the long trip North to the Millmoor Ground.

Many fans will remember when we visited on the last day of the Championship winning season in 2000. 2,000 travelling jacks were there to witness a 1-1 draw which was enough to win, what was then, the Division 3 League title.

Swansea City AFC.co.uk provides all the team news and details ahead of the big match...

Vital Quotes:

Rotherham Manager, Mick Harford:

''Just like all the other teams who came up last season, Swansea are doing very well. They have two excellent strikers and they are a strong side so we know we will have our hands full.

''I have some decisions to make regarding the team because we are decimated in midfield with Lee Williamson, John Mullin and Paul McLaren all ruled out while some of the players who were left out in midweek will return.''

Swansea manager, Kenny Jackett:

"I certainly can't complain about a lack of options. It's a manager's dream to have so many players available.

"And if we can get some more, that would be even better. That's what I'm looking to do, to keep on improving the squad."

"It'll be a tough game at Millmoor and we'll have to make sure we show the same positive attitude as we did at Torquay,"

Rotherham Team News:

Leading scorer Deon Burton will return and David Worrell, Gregor Robertson, Shaun Barker, Colin Murdock and Michael Keane are all likely to recalled as well.

John Mullin and Paul McLaren are suspended so Harford will have to decide who will replace them in midfield.

Hoskins might start on the right with Andy Monkhouse on the left along with Keane in the centre. Youngsters Marc Newsham and Stephen Brogan could come into contention following their fine performances in midweek.

Player to watch: Deon Burton

The Jamaican International has scored 8 goals in 13 games so far this season so the Swansea back four will have to defend well against the prolific striker.

Swansea Team News:

Kenny Jackett received a boost this week with the news that a host of injured players are now available for selection. McLeod, Tudur-Jones, Britton, Connor, Bean and Connor are all match fit again while Andy Robinson is out with a dead leg and Garry Monk has a calf strain. Assistant Manager, Kevin Nugent is a long term casualty after injuring his ankle away at Yeovil.

McLeod, Britton and Bean are likely to start while Connor and Tudur-Jones will make to make do with places on the bench with Bayo and Bean likely to be picked ahead of them.

Gueret will return in goal after Brian Murphy was given a game in the LDV Vans Trophy win at Torquay in midweek.

Player to watch: Lee Trundle

ould have to be Magic Daps again for this section. 10 goals this season and he'll be the player the Rotherham defence will have to deal with.

Match Facts & Stats

Rotherham haven't won in their last 6 league games and they are desperate to get back to winning ways to boost their confidence.

Our record at Rotherham isn't great. Our last visit in 2000, we lost 4-2 and we have failed to win there since 1985 when we were 1-0 victors. Despite a poor record at the Milmoor Ground, I think we have an excellent chance to claim all three points.

Ref Watch:

M Pike (Cumbria) - Just 1 game in League One this season and issued 2 yellow cards in that game.

Match Prediction:

With Robinson and Monk the only players out, Jackett has a full squad to choose from and I think we are capable of getting a win. The opposition haven't won in 6 games in the league and I think we'll win , but by a small margin. 2-1 AWAY WIN

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Date:Friday October 21 2005

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