Q&A With Rotherham United

  • January 27, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Ahead of the 37th meeting between Rotherham United and Bolton, we have got the views of a Millers supporter.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a goalless draw at Liverpool on Saturday, while United were last in action on January 17, when they were beaten 2-0 at home by Bournemouth.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have got the views of Dean Hall (@deano83rufc) - a season ticket holder of over 20 years and former co-editor of MillersMAD.co.uk.

Ahead of Tuesday's game, Dean shares his views on Steve Evans' future at the New York Stadium, his reaction to Wanderers' FA Cup draw at Anfield, as well as why the likes of Liam Feeney and Darren Pratley could be key to unlocking their defence.

Q: After winning promotion to the Championship last season, Rotherham have struggled for consistency this campaign and will go into Tuesday's game just three points above the relegation zone. Do you think the Millers can claw their way up the table, or does survival remain the only objective?

A: Survival is still our goal, without doubt, after one win in 15 matches. Our last home win was against Leeds in mid-October.

There's a bit of a poor vibe around these parts, at the moment, that we tend to contribute to our own downfall in games far too often.

Q: Earlier this season, we spoke about the job Steve Evans had done at the New York Stadium and how he perhaps didn't get the credit he deserved. After a run of just one win in 15 games, does his work from times gone by ease the pressure or are supporters beginning to consider life under a new manager?

A: As I've just eluded to, a lot of fans think he's feeling the heat himself - especially with the amount of loan players arriving here and the way the squad has so dramatically changed mid-season.

The past two promotions have gone now and we need to kick on, but there's no call for him to be sacked. We just need to get back to basics with our approach, which is rather negative at times in my opinion.

Q: Just like Bolton, Rotherham have struggled for goals his term. Anthony Wordsworth and Jordan Bowery were on the scoresheet against us back in September, but who is likely to be your biggest threat this time?

A: Anybody's guess here and that's a genuine response! Wordsworth is now with Crawley, Ben Pringle is out of favour, we sold our best and only target man - Alex Revell. Jonson Clarke-Harris has been shipped out to MK Dons, so I suppose Bowery could be in with a sniff.

It's likely we'll use the prolific Conor Sammon with the likes of Danny Ward, Adam Hammill and Jack Barmby to support him - all new arrivals of late.

Matt Derbyshire hasn't got a league goal all season.

Q: Wanderers held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield on Saturday. Did you manage to catch any of the game and, given a round of upsets, how do you rate our chances of progressing in next week's replay at Macron Stadium?

A: Yes, I watched the game and was impressed with the application of Bolton.

You've every chance in the replay on home turf, with plenty of experience in that frontline now too!

Q: Joe Mason hit a hat-trick in this season's reverse fixture, but will return to Cardiff City this week after his season-long loan deal was cut short. Looking at our squad now, who do you see as Bolton's biggest threat on Tuesday night?

A: Neil Lennon seems to have done a great job turning things around since the reverse fixture. Anyone with a bit of pace to get at our full-backs and the front pairing of Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnsen will cause us problems.

If you do manage to sign our old boy Adam Le Fondre, I hear he can't feature which is a big blessing for us. Given the correct service, he'll bag you a bucketload for the rest of the campaign.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction - will the Trotters' Anfield exploits take their toll?

A: I fancy a score draw or an away win. We are really poor at the moment.

I'll go for a battling 1-1.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Dean for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @deano83rufc.

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