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14 September 2013

First-ever visit to Rotherham's new ground

Latics today pay their first-ever visit to Rotherham United's New York Stadium.

The Merry Millers moved into their new home for the start of the 2012/13 campaign, one which ended with them winning promotion from League Two.

And it has been a case of Rotherham continuing where they left off as they are unbeaten in their first six matches - three wins and three draws - and occupy a promotion play-off place.

Lee Johnson admits it will be potentially a difficult afternoon, though he is delighted with his side's performances in its last two matches.

Latics' manager said: "It will be tough as Rotherham are flying. They have momentum and everyone is buzzing.

"That is the same for ourselves as our passing and movement at Shrewsbury (4-1 victory) and the way we played on Monday (2-1 defeat at Preston) we are also going into the game full of confidence.

"Our luck has to change because we are having too much of the ball and too many chances for wins not to come."

Johnson will up against Steve Evans, Rotherham's manager who is renowned for being a fiery character.

He continued: "I know his reputation, but I have always found him a really nice guy.

"Obviously in the heat of the dugout, I know he is lively. I have to be careful not to react and be sent off again.

"Steve has had a decent career in the lower leagues and will be looking to win this game. He is an aggressive man who likes to win - like me."

LAST MEETINGS

League One
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006. Latics 2, Rotherham 1.
Tuesday, December 26th, 2006. Rotherham 2, Latics 3.

LAST MATCHES

League One
Saturday, September 7th. Rotherham 3, Sheffield United 1.
Monday, September 9th: Preston North End 2, Latics 1.

TEAM NEWS

Latics welcome back Albert Rusnak, Carl Winchester and Kirk Millar from international duty. Rotherham have Kari Arnason back from action with Iceland but captain and centre-half Craig Morgan and winger David Worrall are both out while Michael O'Connor is a doubt after being hurt playing for Northern Ireland.

MAN TO WATCH

Midfield man Ben Pringle, who was signed from Derby County in 2011, has scored three goals and has produced some eye-catching displays.

TOP SCORERS

Adam Rooney (3) for Latics. Ben Pringle (3), Lee Frecklington (3) and Kieran Agard (3) for Rotherham.

CONNECTIONS

Rotherham pair Daniel Nardiello and Adam Collin have previously had loan spells with Latics.

TICKET PRICES

Matchday ticket prices are:

Adults: £22
Over-60/student £13
13/17 years: £9
12 years and under £7
Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled £13 with carer free.

DIRECTIONS

From the North
-M1 Junction 35 leave motorway, take 1st exit signed A629 (Upper Wortley Road)
-1st Roundabout - take 2nd exit (A629)
-2nd Roundabout - take 2nd exit (A629)
-3rd Roundabout (College Rd / B&Q Roundabout) take the 4th exit
-4th Roundabout take the first exit onto Main Street
-Turn right onto Don Street after the council offices, and the New York Stadium is your second right.

Buses/Trains to Rotherham
The main Rotherham bus and train stations are both within 10 minutes walking time of the stadium.  This is recommended as a travel options for fans where possible. Once exiting the bus/train station there is ample pedestrian signage to direct you to the stadium.

Matchday Parking
There will be no public parking at the stadium on the day of a match for either home or away fans. Please take this into consideration when arriving by car for a game. A car-park at the nearby Liquid nightclub is available for £3, whilst there is also an NCP Car Park in the town centre, and a pay and display car park located on Sheffield Road. 


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