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PREVIEW: ROTHERHAM V TOWN

6 November 2015

Time to follow up Tuesday with another win and head into the international break on a high, says Brett Pitman


Striker Brett Pitman believes that Town need to follow up Tuesday night’s victory against Bolton with another three points on Saturday.

Pitman stressed the need for going into next week’s international break on a high as Blues travel to Yorkshire to face Rotherham tomorrow.

“The two weeks feel a lot longer if you don’t get a positive results so we’ll be trying to get the three points,” he told Ipswich Player HD.

“It was a long wait for a win, probably too long really and the victory really picked everyone up; the fans, the players, the manager, everyone.

“It was nice to score, getting the second when you’re 1-0 up is very important and I think it proved to make the last 20 minutes a lot easier.

“We needed a win because we’ve gone a few games without winning although the last few performances have been encouraging, but we know that we’ve got to try and back it up now with a win at Rotherham.

“Like all Championship games, you’ve got to earn the right to win, we won’t just be able to turn up and get the three points because they’re bottom of the league, we’ve got to play well again and hopefully that will be enough to get the three points.”

Team news
Town
Despite having to be replaced on Tuesday after an impressive first-half, Ainsley Maitland-Niles should be fit for the trip to Rotherham although David McGoldrick is a doubt with a groin injury he sustained in training. Luke Hyam and Luke Varney are making good progress, although they are unlikely to be involved in first-team duties for the time being. 

Rotherham
Neil Redfearn has spoken of the necessity of having a settled side if his new side are to beat the drop. Matt Derbyshire and Lee Frecklington could return from their respective injuries although Redfearn admitted that both are currently lacking in match fitness following long lay-offs. Leon Best and Adam Drury are both currently on trial with the South Yorkshire side, although any potential deal is unlikely to be done before Saturday’s game. 
Where they stand
Town – 10th
Rotherham – 24th 
Last time they met
Conor Sammon bit the hand that used to feed him as he snatched the second of two Millers’ goals as Town fell to a 2-0 defeat at the New York Stadium in the last meeting between the two sides. Matt Derbyshire grabbed the other back in February as Town’s Play-Off push took a hit and Rotherham pulled away from the Championship bottom three.

Key Players
Brett Pitman
The striker scored the second goal in the 2-0 victory over Bolton on Tuesday and will look to keep his place for the trip to Yorkshire. His strike took his season tally to four in all competitions, making him Town’s joint-top scorer alongside Ryan Fraser and Freddie Sears.
Jonson Clarke-Harris
Following loan spells at MK Dons and Doncaster Rovers last term, Clarke-Harris has established himself in the Rotherham first-team this season, making 13 Championship appearances in total. He is currently the Millers’ top league score, having scored three times so far, one less than he got in the whole of the 2014/15 season.
Sky Bet Odds
Town go into Saturday as slight favourites following their win on Tuesday, and the bookies price them at 11/8 to make it consecutive victories. Rotherham have won just once at home all season, and they are available at 2/1 with the draw at 11/8.
Match Officials
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistants: Paul Graham & Paul Hodgkinson
Fourth Official: Darren England

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