Rovers travel to Rotherham tonight looking to record their 5th consecutive league win and continue their fantastic start to the 2006/2007 campaign.
The game will be somewhat of a reunion of course, with five players set to start the match who have played for both clubs. Robbie Stockdale, John Mullin & Paul McLaren are all previous employees of Rotherham, whilst Ian Sharps & Delroy Facey were both released from Prenton Park at the end of last season and are now attempting to revitalise their careers at Millmoor. Sharps was a Rovers hero and marshalled the Whites’ defence for many years, whilst Facey will always be remembered at Rovers for THAT goal at MK Dons last season.
The match also pairs Rovers manager Ronnie Moore against his old club, a place were he worked miracles, taking the club from the depths of League One, to a midtable finish in the Championship on a shoe-string budget and in the space of 3 seasons.
Ronnie Moore says the players are looking forward to the game, especially those who previously played for Rotherham. Speaking to the official site he said:
“The lads on my side are looking forward to the game, the two on the other side have probably got a point to prove.”
Rotherham United Team News:
Rotherham defender Pablo Mills is set to start, despite being arrested for burglary last week! Michael Keane continues to start on the bench after going aginst club orders taking a penalty, and then missing it, in a previous game!
Player to watch: Ian Sharps
The former Rovers centre back will be wanting to show Ronnie Moore what he missed out on after releasing him at the end of last season. Some fans couldn’t believe that he left, some were glad to see the back of him, but as a local lad Sharpsy should get a positive recepton from the visiting Tranmere fans.
Tall and Strong, he’ll be looking to keep the likes of Greenacre and Taylor quiet.
Tranmere Rovers Team News:
Rovers may be without Congolese striker Calvin Zola once again. The 6`4 striker has been struggling to shake off an ankle knock in recent weeks, although there is an outside chance that he could make the bench.
Danny Harrison is also continuing his recovery from an injury which will keep him out for 3-4 weeks.
Player/Coach Jason McAteer picked up a suspected cartilage problem in training and is doubtful for tonight`s 7:45 kick off.
Player to watch: Paul McLaren
The midfielder will be wanting to continue on his improved performance against Bristol City against his former club. He’ll look to pull the strings from the middle of the pitch.
Match Facts & Stats
Rovers have not won at Millmoor for 20 years but the bookies fancy that to change tonight with Rovers down as 11/8 favourites.
The two teams shared the 6 points from last seasons encounters. Rotherham won 2-0 at Millmoor, whilst Rovers notched up 3-2 victory at Prenton Park.
Rotherham 1-1 Tranmere
Hoskins for the Millers, replying after an early Ellison goal for the Whites!
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