PREVIEW: Play-off places in sight as Millers host Bradford

By Joe Cawthorn | 23/01/2018 0 comments

PREVIEW: Play-off places in sight as Millers host Bradford
Jerry Yates is looking to take recent good form into the Bradford clash

ROTHERHAM United head into tonight’s home clash with Yorkshire rivals Bradford City knowing a win will take them back into the League One play-off places.

The Millers haven't been in the division's top six since before their autumn slump, but are currently on an eight game unbeaten run which has propelled them to within two points of the leading pack.

Maximum points against a Bradford side who sit in fifth place, although currently on a three game losing streak in all competitions, would see Paul Warne’s men leapfrog Charlton into sixth spot, with no other third tier games taking place that could affect the Millers’ standings.

The pair have already locked horns twice this season. Rotherham lost 1-0 in the reverse fixture at Valley Parade back in September but did triumph 3-0 in the Checktrade Trophy clash, with goals courtesy of Jerry Yates, Jonson Clarke-Harris and Richie Towell.

And young striker Yates, who has started the last seven games, is hoping to continue recent momentum with a similar outcome under the floodlights at AESSEAL New York Stadium tonight.

The 21-year-old Doncaster-born forward told the Advertiser: “At half time on Saturday, the gaffer said it was a bit dead and we had to step it up. We put the pressure on Portsmouth and were unlucky not to score earlier than we did. 

“All the subs came on and did very well and when you win in the last minute, there's no better feeling. We're buzzing from that and we'll try and take it into into this match, get another win and that will take us into the play-off places.”

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and you can follow all the action as it happens on the Advertiser's live matchday blog.

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