Three defeats and a draw, that’s our record against Rotherham since the South Yorkshire side were promoted to the Championship under Steve Evans. Evans himself, along with Neil Redfearn and Neil Warnock were in charge for those games and now Kenny Jackett looks to try to kick-start his season live on Sky, but if we have ambitions of play-offs then these are the games we need to be winning.
Garry Monk will want to put Sunday right and it’s the perfect opportunity with a trip to the bottom side. Make no mistake this will be far from easy, teams have got lucky against Rotherham this season, recently Newcastle were extremely fortunate to escape the New York Stadium with the points. The players will be short on confidence and it’s our responsibility to make sure we capitalise on that as early as possible. Despite Rotherham digging in and making games difficult they are losing them, and we are more than capable of exposing their weaknesses.
Pablo Hernandez joins Liam Bridcutt and Pontus Jansson on the sidelines for this one which is another huge blow. It’s that big of an issue I would honestly look at changing the formation. I say that because Kalvin Phillips isn’t a natural number 10 and Alex Mowatt doesn’t seem to be in the plans yet again. Marcus Antonsson or Souleymane Doukara could play off Wood and pose a threat, letting Phillips drop alongside O’Kane in the heart of the midfield again. Cooper will almost certainly get in the side although playing Luke Ayling at centre-back and Gaetano Berardi at right-back seems a decent option.
One To Watch – Danny Ward – In decent scoring form this season and probably the only player who has made an impact so far. Decent with the ball at his feet.
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