Meet the opposition | Rotherham United

29th January 2021
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Rotherham United

As Swansea City head to South Yorkshire to take on Rotherham United, we take a closer look at the form and history of the Millers.

What's their story?

Rotherham are back in the Championship this season after sealing promotion from League One last term.

The Millers have flitted back and fore between the two divisions in recent seasons, and will be looking to firmly establish themselves in the second tier.

The South Yorkshire club have never seen top-flight football in their history, but were beaten League Cup finalists in 1961, where they lost to Aston Villa.

How’s their form?

Matt Crooks

On the up. The Millers are unbeaten in their last three games and have lost just two of their last six in the Championship, whilst they were also unlucky to suffer an extra-time defeat at Everton in the FA Cup.

Away wins at Derby and Middlesbrough were achieved in impressive fashion, either side of a thrilling 3-3 draw with Stoke.

However, they have claimed just three home wins so far this season.

Who's the boss?

Paul Warne

After the departure of former Swans manager Kenny Jackett in November 2016, Warne was made the permanent appointment two months later following a spell as caretaker.

A former Rotherham player, Warne made over 250 appearances for the club between 1999-2005 before moving to Oldham in a playing career that also took in stints at Wigan, Mansfield, Kettering and Yeovil.

Rejoining Rotherham in 2009, he spent another three years there before retiring to join the coaching staff in 2012. He has guided them to two promotions as manager.

Who’s the captain?

Richard Wood

Richard Wood. The defender has made 13 league appearances so far this season, netting his only goal of the season so far against Preston.

The 35-year-old came through the ranks at Sheffield Wednesday and broke into the first team at Hillsborough before subsequent moves to Coventry, Charlton and Rotherham.

He initially found it tough to break into the Millers’ team, having loan spells with Crawley, Fleetwood and Chesterfield before establishing himself.

Who are the key men?

Matthew Olosunde

Michael Ihiekwe has captained the team for much of the season, and is a formidable presence at set-pieces in either box.

Michael Smith and midfielder Matt Crooks have been in good recent form and have six goals apiece this season, while former Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald is also on the books of the South Yorkshire club, making his comeback from a broken leg against Middlesbrough in midweek.

Another man to keep an eye out for is wing-back Matthew Olosunde. The American has pace to burn, and the trickery to beat defenders. He was a stand-out performer in their recent FA Cup clash with Everton.