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View From The Town End: Rotherham United FC

Game 45 of 46 may be irrelevant to Reading but it's a massive game for Rotherham who need a win to secure safety. 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?

Topsy-turvy. It was always going to be tough after such a quick rise and it has been just that. It was proving difficult enough to earn survival without the Football League points deduction, but this has made it even tougher. It would be a great achievement if they could stay up, but there is a sense that it should have been done and dusted a few weeks ago. There has been some great performances and results but every time you think they're going to kick on they slip back.


This was looking like a dead game a week ago but a three point, points deduction has dragged Rotherham back into the mire. What's been the reaction to the punishment and do the club feel there's a chance they'll get them back?

The reaction on the pitch has been superb. They put in arguably one of their best performances of the season against Norwich on Saturday and had it not been for several missed sitters then they would have won that. The reaction from within the club has been one of disappointment and they have said they will consider an appeal. Ultimately it will come down to whether the club are safe or not as to whether they will appeal.


Reading swept the Millers aside 3-0 under Nigel Adkins earlier this season, what did you make of The Royals that day and from what you've seen and heard since?

Although I was not at that game, my memory is hearing about Rotherham's worst performance of the season. I am not sure Reading had to do to much to get the better of them than night. Since then, well it seems like it has been a bit of a struggle for them - FA Cup form aside. It appears to have been pretty uninspiring stuff in the league.


Which Rotherham players should we be worried about tomorrow night?

All of them. We haven't got a stand-out player who is going to run you ragged or give you nightmares, but the manager will have the team unbelievably pumped up and we'll come out of the traps flying.


Any Reading players you're wary of?

Well undoubtedly they've got quality players in their squad, but they certainly haven't been performing lately in the league at least. I've always rated Garath McCleary though.

Score prediction?

2-0 home win.

Finally, any advice for Reading fans making the trip up to the New York Stadium?

Be careful of the roadworks outside the ground! They're a nightmare.

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