Rotherham vs Oxford Utd by Luke
After three consecutive home victories without a goal conceded in League One, players of Rotherham improved once again and showed their their good form is not a coincindence, by taking a three pointer on the road against Scunthorpe last weekend with a 1:2 victory.
They have opened the game in a best possible way and looked somehow more threatening, deserving the lead in 31st minute via Newell, doubling up the result in 70th minute thanks to a goal from Ajaji, while the home team replied straight away in next minutes via Novak.
Even though their hosts were searching for an equalizer, it didn't bring much positive things on the field except quite rough and nervous play. This was also eleventh consecutive match for Rotherham without defeat, as the team stands at fifth position with eight points less than directly promotion placed Shrewsbury.
Home side has no new injury or suspension worry for this one. Darren Potter and Jamie Proctor remain sidelined.
Oxford United, on the other side, have really entered a poor form now, as the side comes from fourth consecutive competitive defeat in last five matches, losing out at home against Bristol Rovers with a 1:2 result last Saturday afternoon which was their third defeat in four matches in League One.
However, they have entered the match in a great way, took the lead via Rothwell in second minute, but weren't able to build up on that and double up the lead, staying bit too passive in the repetition. Visitors managed to exploit that, by leveling up the result in 68th minute via Bennett and taking the lead in 80th via Harrison, leaving no time for the hosts to reply back.
The team is now further and further away from the play-off positions, having now eight points less than play-off placed Bradford, but also eight points more than relegating Oldham being in the middle of the table at 12th position.
Goalkeeper Simon Eastwood is doubtful for this clash, while the visitors have no other fresh injury worries. Striker Wes Thomas is set to continue after returning back last weekend, with Jon Obika and Mike Williamson coming in full training this week, but this one comes too soon.
- Rotherham is undefeated in last eleven League One matches.
Rotherham is in a really fine form now and after a sloppy start, the team might have a chance to enter the race for the direct promotion in case they continue in the same way as they did in previous weeks. Mediocre Oxford United shouldn't be able to stop them, unless they improve the defensive rate which is highly unexpected.