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View From The Town End: Rotherham United

It's a trip to New York (stadium) for the Royals tonight but what can we expect from a Rotherham team under new management? Millers fan Jonathan Veal gives us his view on tonight's fixture.

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How would you sum up Rotherham's season so far?

Eventful. First of all it's been a pretty poor start on the pitch, certainly results wise. Seven defeats from 11 spells trouble and a lot of the failings of last year (missed chances) are repeating this time around. Then we had the change of the manager. It was definitely the end of an era when Evans left, but many will say the time was right.

Steve Evans left just when your form seemed to be turning around. What lay behind his decision to go?

That's one of the great mysteries. It's generally accepted that his exit did not play out entirely as Evans would have us believe but the exact reason, other than wanting to go in "different directions" has not been made public. There are some cracking conspiracy theories, though, and the truth will come out one day.

What do you expect from Neil Redfearn?

He's got a tough job, he'll be expected to at least make a good fight of keeping Rotherham in the division, but his job is much more long term. He needs to make the squad more vibrant, develop the youth set-up and make the club more sustainable in terms of player development.

Any fond memories of games between the two sides?

The April encounter where Rotherham secured their Championship safety was one of the great nights at the club's new stadium and what about that time at Millmoor when we walloped you 5-1. Either result like that tonight would be great.

Any not so fond ones?

Pretty much every time we travel to your place. The 2-0 defeat in the 2000/01 campaign was a tough one as we were promotion rivals and Darren Garner suffered a terrible injury.

Who should Reading fans be wary of on Tuesday?

Good question. Depends who Redfearn can get out on the pitch as there are big selection issues. Jonson Clarke-Harris should play and he has been Rotherham's biggest threat this season. He didn't really produce last term after coming for a club-record fee, but he is beginning to repay that and is the top scorer.

Anyone Rotherham aren't looking forward to facing?

Nick Blackman! I saw a lot of him at Sheffield United and was impressed. He looks to be coming good now and his goalscoring threat is obvious.

Score prediction?


Thanks again to Jonathan and you can read more of his thoughts at It's Millers Time and on Twitter @jonathandveal83