ROTHERHAM United will be urged not to give an inch when they take on improving AFC Wimbledon at the AESSEAL New York Stadium tomorrow.
The League One clash brings together two of the division’s form teams, with Paul Warne’s men unbeaten in nine and AFC Wimbledon arriving on a run of three wins from four. Despite their lowly position, they also have one of the meanest defences in the league.
Although Rotherham will be favourites to chalk up a third straight win, memories of their 3-1 loss in the first meeting at Kingsmeadow are still fresh and Warne doesn’t want his players to ease up.
“Wimbledon are one of the form teams at the moment and they don’t concede many,” he said. “The balance of their side is good and they have an attacking threat.
“They do well away from home and they recently got a draw at Gillingham, who are my outside bet for the play-offs. I thought we did were excellent when we beat Bradford 2-0 here in our last game but Wimbledon have just beaten them 4-0 away from home.
“It’s quite good for our lads that Wimbledon got that result last week, they won’t be under-estimating them.”
Although Warne has new signings Caolan Lavery and Matt Palmer to call upon, he will be under no pressure to make immediate changes. Rotherham have won six of their last nine.
“The players are in good mental and physical shape,” he added. “If we can keep our performances at the level they have then I think we will be there or thereabouts for the top ten/play-offs.”
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