Q&A With Rotherham United

  • February 05, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Dean Hall shares the Rotherham United view on Bolton's Boxing Day humiliation, why Wanderers are set for League One, as well as Liam Feeney's ability.

Neil Lennon's side play host to the Millers on Saturday, looking to close the gap to just one point in the battle against relegation, on a weekend made even more important due to the fact that fellow strugglers Charlton Athletic and Bristol City meet at The Valley.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have got the views of Dean (@deano83rufc).

Q: Just six weeks ago, Bolton travelled to the AESSEAL New York Stadium and were humiliated after a second-half capitulation saw them crash to a 4-0 defeat. What did you make of their performance that day - did the margin of defeat prove why Wanderers are bottom of the table, or were Rotherham just that good?

A: It was a very cagey first half, to be honest, and the first goal was crucial. You could see Bolton's fragile confidence and we took advantage of that with momentum.

Luckily, for us, you didn't put up much resistance in the second half - a bit like us v Charlton last week!

4-0 didn't flatter us on the day, but there isn't that much between both squads, in my opinion.

Q: When we spoke prior to that Boxing Day meeting, you stated inconsistency was preventing Rotherham from moving up the division. With five defeats and just one win from the last seven, the Millers enter the weekend outside the relegation zone on goal difference. Do you still think Neil Redfearn is capable of guiding the club to safety this season?

A: I am a fan of Redfearn and it's been a tough job trying to find a method of playing, by and large, up to the start of January with a squad that wasn't his, and also get positive results along the way.

We will be inconsistent from time to time but had started to string a few wins together around the festive period.

I think we are where we expected to be at the start of the season, whoever the gaffer and we've an even chance of avoiding the drop. But if we get beat on Saturday it really does throw it wide open again to all four clubs for one survival spot.

Q: Assuming you do remain in the Championship, it's looking increasingly likely that any three from Bolton, Charlton Athletic, Bristol City and MK Dons will drop into League One. Who are you tipping to go down and why will the remaining side stay up?

A: I think with teams in their current positions, and the recent transfer activity, you'd have to fancy Bristol City to have a decent run in points wise. They've made some decent signings so will be confident of getting out of trouble.

With us all having to play each other, though, it's who gets the better of the mini-league that could hold the key.

Hopefully clubs like Fulham and Blackburn Rovers get dragged into things, too. I always think you need to aim for those infront of you in the table rather than look over your shoulder.

Q: Zach Clough and Darren Pratley, both of whom you previously expressed an interest in seeing at Rotherham, remain with Wanderers, who managed to retain the services of their biggest names in January. With injuries putting their inclusion in doubt at the weekend, who else stands out as a potential threat to your hopes of claiming victory at the Macron?

A: Liam Feeney always has the ability to unlock a defence. I've also always liked Stephen Dobbie throughout his career and he could follow up his midweek deflected goal with another if he's involved.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Saturday's game?

A: Score draw - either 1-1 or 2-2.

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

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