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Match Preview: Rotherham United v Reading

21 October 2016
By Alex Bower

"We are not used to the feeling of losing and the players don't like that feeling. The players are determined to go out and do better on Saturday, I don't think they played badly on Tuesday because they worked very hard, but they will be doing that again to try and get a win in Rotherham."
- Reading FC Manager Jaap Stam

"It's an important game for us now to bounce back from a last-minute goal, and we can show our character and resilience to come back from a disappointing evening. That last minute defeat will seem a long way away, and we'll be looking forward again."
- Reading FC Defender Chris Gunter

Reading will be hoping to follow-up Tuesday's late defeat to Aston Villa at the Madejski Stadium with a win away to Rotherham United. The Royals were level with the Villans as the game approached the final whistle with goals coming from Jonathan Kodjia and Yann Kermorgant. It was a last-minute penalty that would hand Villa the win, with Jordan Ayew converting with ease.

Bottom placed Rotherham will also have a point to prove, having just appointed Kenny Jackett as their new manager. The Millers have lost nine games so far this season and have won only once, at home against Brentford. As Tuesday's fixture demonstrated, however, if you are a new manager looking to improve a spell of poor form, then Reading are the team to play.

Previous games between the two teams are not a massive indicator as to how Saturday's game will go. Reading have won the most games with nineteen victories. Fourteen times the game has ended in a draw and Rotherham have won on ten occasions. Reading earned points from both fixtures last season, with a 1-1 draw away from home and a 1-0 win at the Madejski.

This season, Rotherham have lost their last six matches. They have not lost seven league games in a row since April 1962. The Millers have also not lost against Reading in five home league games. While the team are currently bottom and performing below par, everyone knows that it can all change at the drop of a hat in the Championship.

In terms of absences, Paul McShane remains a doubt for Reading with a hamstring injury that has seen him miss the last two games. Joseph Mendes, Jake Cooper and Yakou Meite are all also out for the Royals as they recover from their injuries. Rotherham, meanwhile, could be without Dael Fry, Kelvin Wilson and Tom Adeyemi.

Going into the game as favourites, Reading will be keen to win on Saturday following their late defeat to Villa. There is no such thing as an easy game in the Championship, however, and the Rotherham squad will be keen on impressing their new manager.

Recent Meetings With ROTHERHAM

23 February 2016 Championship Rotherham (HOME) W: 1-0 Read report...
20 October 2015 Championship Rotherham (Away) D: 1-1 Read report...
28 April 2015 Championship Rotherham (Away) L: 1-2 Read report...
04 November 2014 Championship Rotherham (HOME) W: 3-0 Read report...
15 March 2005 Championship Rotherham (Away) L: 0-1 Read report...
21 August 2004 Championship Rotherham (HOME) W: 1-0 Read report...
07 February 2004 Division 1 Rotherham (Away) L: 1-5 Read report...
25 August 2003 Division 1 Rotherham (HOME) D: 0-0 Read report...
22 February 2003 Division 1 Rotherham (HOME) W: 3-0 Read report...
07 September 2002 Division 1 Rotherham (Away) D: 0-0 Read report...
03 March 2001 Division Two Rotherham (HOME) W: 2-0 Read report...
30 September 2000 Division Two Rotherham (Away) W: 3-1 Read report...
Reading and Rotherham - Head to head record (since August 1994)
Games Between Reading and Rotherham 12
Reading Wins 6
Rotherham Wins 3
Draws 3
Reading Goals 16
Rotherham Goals 10
Average Goals Per Game 2.17


Discussion On This Story:


» 20 Oct 2016 19:36

We will be father Christmas to another team on a poor run. Them sacking their boss means it's a nailed on defeat

Rovrum 3-1 Reading

Kermorgant to get a consolation after we have a horror show first half


» 20 Oct 2016 20:32

Surprise win.


 Half Biscuit

» 21 Oct 2016 00:05

Rotherham suddenly become a potent attacking force roared on by a vociferously partisan home crowd.
3-1 home win.
They have a brief flourish under new management before eventually getting relegated anyway.

This season is beginning to feel alarmingly like a copy of the last one.
Not only have opponents 'sussed us out', but the players are getting fed up of being treated like children.
Great togetherness and camaraderie - when we're winning.


» 21 Oct 2016 00:06

Rotherham 5 Reading 1

Reading take the lead with early penalty, then it all goes tits up


» 21 Oct 2016 09:14

unless we score in the first 15 or so, feel we will lose this one

Therefore 1-0 to Rotherham with a horrible scrappy second half goal, befitting of the local area

 Stockport Royal

» 21 Oct 2016 09:37


McCleary, Van Den Berg

It all comes together and our reign in the top half continues for one more week.

 Silver Fox

» 21 Oct 2016 10:38

Rotherhan will barely get a sniff of the ball and we'l win 1-0

 John Smith

» 21 Oct 2016 10:40

They've sacked their manager for a reason. They ship goals for fun.

Rotherham 0-3 Reading


» 21 Oct 2016 10:49

I imagine Rotherham will want to stop the losing run so will play for a point without a manager. We'll have 70%+ possession and they will sit in and deny us space our system needs.



» 21 Oct 2016 13:27

Rotherham will win 2-1 but the Reading manager will point out in mitigation that his team had the better possession stats because after all that is what really counts in football.


» 21 Oct 2016 15:20

Despite my better judgement I'm going for a win despite our usual charitable instincts.

2-1 Reading.

 Pandoras Box

» 21 Oct 2016 16:48

Bit of motivation with Kenny Jackett as new manager

2-0 Rotherham

Gunter gets angry and kicks the ball over the half way line.

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