Rotherham United go into Saturday’s game vs Bristol City needing a positive result to boost morale ahead of the remaining festive fixtures.
Rotherham’s form has dipped of late. They are without a win in six games in the Championship. Included in this run have been promising performances against AFC Bournemouth and Brentford.
But now the pressure is starting to mount on Paul Warne and his staff ahead of this weekend. Last time out, the Millers fell to a 2-0 defeat at Vicarage Road against Watford.
The Hornets started quickly and were 2-0 in front by the 15th minute thanks to goals from Christian Kabasele and Troy Deeney.
Paul Warne’s men came back into the game in the second half and gave a good account of themselves. Despite this, they were again made to rue a poor first half that made a positive result very unlikely.
Rotherham’s recent disappointing form has seen clubs below them close in on the South Yorkshire outfit. The Millers are now 20th in the Championship and they are just a point above the bottom three.
The Millers face a strong Bristol City side on Saturday. Dean Holden’s men have enjoyed a good start to the season, which places them 6th after 17 games.
They have won five of their last eight outings in the Championship, and they have lost just five games so far this term. Famara Diedhiou came off the bench to score the win in Bristol’s 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ashton Gate in their most recent outing.
Bristol will stand as another stern test for Warne’s side. But a decent result this weekend could do wonders for Rotherham’s confidence during this packed Christmas schedule.
💬 "Ready for a big challenge, we know what type of game it's going to be."
— Bristol City FC (@BristolCity) December 11, 2020
Rotherham have had the better of meetings between the two sides. But Bristol City have been on top of late, as they are unbeaten in five games against the Millers.
The sides last met in December 2018 at Ashton Gate. Rotherham were down to nine men as Billy Jones and Richie Towell were both sent off. Adam Webster scored an 86th-minute winner as the home side were 1-0 victors.
Rotherham’s last win over Bristol came during Neil Redfearn’s reign in November 2015 in the Championship. Jonson Clarke Harris scored a brace before Lee Frecklington rounded off a convincing 3-0 victory for the Millers.
There has been quite a bit of criticism on social media heading in the direction of Warne and co of late. We do believe that it is far too early to get rid of Warne in what would be knee-jerk fashion.
Letting Warne and his team go would undermine all of the work done over four years to stabilise the club from top to bottom.
This has helped to restore what is great about Rotherham United after what was a wretched spell for the club before Warne took over. We also cannot think of anyone who could genuinely get more out of the team than Warne is doing.
With all this said, Rotherham do seem to be lacking confidence of late. So a positive result on Saturday would be fantastic for the team.
This will be easier said than done, however, as Bristol City have enjoyed an impressive start to the season. Over the past few years, they have been in and around the play-off hunt, and this season looks to be no different.
But of those around the top of the table, Bristol are among the lowest scorers. Holden’s side have scored 20 goals so far this term from their 17 outings. Yet at the same time, their defensive record is good as they have only conceded 16 times this season.
Barring Rotherham’s 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, the Millers have not been firing in front of goal. They have only netted more than one goal in four games this campaign.
Your main takeaway from this is that Rotherham vs Bristol City should be a tight contest, with it likely only going to take one goal to separate the sides.
Rotherham will need to be on top of their game to get a result on Saturday. They cannot afford to make a slow start, or they will come unstuck just as they have in recent away games.
Warne will be desperate for his side to put in a trademark performance that is full of typical Rotherham gusto and work rate. The players also will be wanting to right the wrongs from previous games.
When the Millers perform like they did against Bournemouth, no team in this league will enjoy playing against them, especially when it is at the New York Stadium.
We believe that Rotherham will bounce back from recent disappointment and fight for a valuable three points on Saturday.
This will make the Championship table look a whole lot better for everyone associated with Rotherham United. This kind of result would also give the club a pivotal injection of enthusiasm during a vital section of the season.