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⏩ Ahead of the game | Marching on to meet the Millers

A look on to Saturday’s meeting with Rotherham

23 October 2020

After overcoming Wycombe in midweek, it’s another newly-promoted club who come to Madejski Stadium this Saturday in the shape of Rotherham United.

And the Millers have steadily picked up points in their opening six games as they look to have a solid season, and avoid yo-yoing back down to League One again come next summer.

They have certainly been tough to beat, so far. Millwall and Norwich have managed it, but Wycombe fell to the Millers on the opening day, and Birmingham, Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest have each been held to a point.

So once again, there’s nothing to be taken for granted. We’ve got a tough fixture incoming.

iFollow

Royals supporters based in the UK can get a Video Match Pass for £10, while overseas fans get a pass for the equivalent of £7 in your local currency.

There is also the option of getting audio commentary only, as well as packages available for international fans.

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Make sure you also get hold of the new EFL iFollow app if you want to watch on your iOS or Android device.

Get your iFollow Match Pass (or view other games available) by clicking here.

The opposition

Manager Paul Warne will be in the opposition dugout this weekend - though he had to watch on via iFollow from his garden shed for the last two games, after a positive Covid-19 test for a family member required him to self-isolate.

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So he missed the defeat to Norwich and a draw in Nottingham; now he'll be back on the touchline again.

With an average of one point per game so far, the Millers have had a decent start to the campaign. But what might draw concern for Saturday's visitors is their inability to hold the lead... they opened the scoring against Birmingham, Huddersfield and Forest but drew all of those fixtures 1-1.

Pre-match chat

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Ref watch

Matthew Donohue is the man in the middle this weekend; he awarded the Royals a penalty against West Brom last time he was at Madejski Stadium, which George Pușcaș converted, but the Baggies would overturn that deficit to win the fixture.

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That was one of four Royals fixtures he took charge of last season alone... but Saturday will be the first time he's officiated a Rotherham match.

Mark Russell and Nigel Lugg will be running the touchlines, while the fourth official is Mark Pottage.

Reminder

A polite reminder to all of our supporters that no unauthorised access at all will be permitted to any of our home or away fixtures while games remain behind closed doors, so supporters must not travel to stadia on matchdays. All supporters have the opportunity to watch via iFollow.

We can’t wait to see you all soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.


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