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Rotherham Fan On Manager Woes, Warnock Impact & Their Chances Against Reading FC

After the joy of the FA Cup it's back to the Championship for Reading but what can we expect from Rotherham and their new boss Neil Warnock?

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This week's View From The Town End is brought to you by Rotherham fan and journalist Jonathan Veal.

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

Rotherham's season has been truly miserable and makes a mockery of suggestions within the Millers camp in the summer that a "mid-table looking up" finish was possible. There's been more league defeats than any other team in the top seven levels of English football and unless there's a very strong end to the season, it will end in relegation.

The club is on to its third manager of the season in Neil Warnock, where did it go wrong for Neil Redfearn?

Redfearn had the unenviable task of taking up the baton from Steve Evans, who signed a host of players in the summer that turned out to be below-par. He had a really tough run of games to start with but was beginning to put building blocks in place and was undoubtedly an appointment for the future. However, there were just too many defeats for Redfearn in games they should have got something out of and back-to-back losses to Charlton and Bolton killed him.

Has Warnock changed much in his brief time in the hotseat?

He's ‘Warnockified' things, that means going to a 4-4-2, using experienced heads, round pegs in round holes and made the Millers get the ball forward quicker than before.

Earlier this season the two teams drew 1-1 at the New York Stadium, what did you make of Reading that night and from what you've seen since?

The reverse fixture sort of typified Rotherham's bad luck this season. Reading came to New York in the midst of their best run of the season and they were in the top two. They looked a real strong side that night, inspired by Nick Blackman and I was expecting them to build a promotion bid after that. I am not too sure what's gone wrong since!

Who should Reading be wary of tonight?

Grant Ward has been Rotherham's most effective player in recent weeks and he should start tomorrow. He has energy, pace and will look to run at players.

Any Reading player that worries you?

Matej Vydra is always someone I have rated. But I am wary of anyone that played in a team that beat West Brom in the FA Cup, though I do think that result could help the Millers.

Score prediction?


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