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Opposition View: Rotherham United

Alicia Povey chats to Matt Lax about his beloved Millers.

4 April 2021

After a hard-fought win against Blackburn Rovers on Good Friday, the Chairboys make the trip to the New York Stadium to take on Rotherham United on Monday.

Ahead of the clash, Alicia Povey spoke to Matt of the Rotherham United Podcast to get the down-low on the Millers.

Rotherham went into the international break on the back of a 2-0 win against Bristol City, but their form has been up and down. Can you talk us through some of their recent results?
We had a COVID outbreak just before the break so lost badly to Watford 4-1. Then, the win against Bristol City was a surprise as we weren’t a fully fit squad. Before the outbreak we had beaten Sheffield Wednesday which turned out to be a massive win for us. Before that we had lost six games in a row, we have had several injuries which hit us hard; Jamie Lindsay who has been the heartbeat of the team had been out since early February. Thankfully we had a good run at the end of January/ beginning of February which now looks vital - without it we would be further adrift of safety.

It was a hard-fought 1-0 victory to the away side when they were welcomed to Adams Park. What did you make of that game?
From what I remember it looked like two League 1 teams, but in fairness Wycombe were the better team for the most part and set-pieces came to our aid in the end to give us all three points.

Wycombe picked up all three points against Blackburn Rovers on Friday, while Rotherham fell to a 1-0 defeat against Millwall. What will the Millers be looking to put right from that loss?
We expected to come back fresh from the break and push them hard - that didn’t happen. We were not at our best and it just didn’t click. Saying that, we missed a penalty, their keeper pulled off a world-class save and we should have had two more penalties. Hopefully it was just us warming back up to speed because we need to be better than that in order to start picking up points. It felt like because we have so many games left that we didn’t play at full throttle, but we won’t win with that mentality, which I’m sure is the same as other teams around us. We looked very disjointed attacking-wise and that is a real worry if it continues. We also had a man sent off around the hour mark which made a difficult task pretty much impossible.

Both teams will be eager to get something out of this game, considering where they are in the table. What do you think Paul Warne will be telling his players to do in order to break down a resilient Wycombe side? 
He will hopefully be saying that we need to step up our game and that we have shown this season we can push the top teams to the very end. We also have a good record against the bottom teams, only losing to Coventry and picking up wins against all but Birmingham in the bottom six, who we drew with - that’ll be something that we’ll need to remember and draw on as well.

Who will be the key players that Wycombe will need to be aware of in the Rotherham side?
Our striker, Michael Smith has come on leaps and bounds and is now our top scorer. Depending on how we set up, Matt Crooks can be a real problem for any defence in this league. He is an awkward looking player but causes defenders all sorts of problems. Lewis Wing is a central midfielder on loan from Middlesbrough who has been excellent in running the midfield. If Jamie Lindsay is fit he is key to our midfield too - a typical Scottish midfielder, running around with a lot of energy but also with quality on the ball as well. He has been injured so may not start the game. Our fan favourite for the season is our keeper Viktor Johannson who has been nicknamed “the Viking” - he is such a likeable player and we have taken him to heart in his first season at the club.

Any early team/ injury news for Rotherham that we may have missed?
We are due some players like Jamie Lindsay and Chieo Ogbene back, who are important players for us. We don’t have any real doubts for the game, thankfully!

Finally, what’s your score prediction?
I’ll go with a 2-0 win for Rotherham. I’m hoping we step up from Friday and find some home form. If we get going we will win, but the question is, can we do that?

Can Wycombe rain on Matt’s prediction and come away with all three points? You can follow the action on iFollow as we kick-off at 3pm on Monday 5th April.


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