MATCHDAY: Rotherham United ready for Rams' charge

By David Beddows | 07/05/2017 0 comments

MATCHDAY: Rotherham United ready for Rams' charge

PAUL Warne expects anything but an easy ride when Rotherham United bid farewell to the Championship against Derby County at the New York Stadium today.

Although the Rams are out of the promotion picture, they've taken three wins and a draw from their last six games under Gary Rowett.

For relegated Rotherham, it's a chance to add to a decent run of five points from the last four but manager Warne expects today's finale to be the hardest match of the sequence.

He told the Advertiser: "A few of the teams may have dropped their standards a bit but I don't think we have, we've been good the last few games. Derby won't drop their standards either because they've a new manager they're trying to impress before the season closes.

"When we were looking at all the games a few weeks ago, I thought this would be the hardest one. Derby have pace and quality through the team but we really want to end the season on a bit of a high and with a performance which sends people off into the sunshine happy. We're trying to keep the team focussed for one more push."

Danny Ward beats Bradley Johnson to the ball in November's 3-0 defeat at Derby.

Top scorer Danny Ward remains a doubt with a hamstring injury but the Millers have no fresh injury concerns. The home dugout will include Warne's new number two, Richie Barker, for the first time.

Midfielder Will Hughes (back) and Darren Bent (hamstring) could be sidelined again for Derby having missed last weekend's victory over Wolves. Left-back Marcus Olsson (ankle) may be rested.

Kick-off is at noon and we'll have all updates before, during and after the game on our Twitter feed @rothtisersport


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