Rotherham United Factfile

Tuesday 29 December 2015 11:30

Fulham will be looking to complete a first double of the season when Rotherham United make the trip to Craven Cottage on Tuesday evening for our final match of 2015.

The opposition

Rotherham endured a difficult start to 2015/16 and didn’t taste victory until mid-September when they secured back-to-back wins against Cardiff City and Birmingham City. They had been bottom of the Sky Bet Championship but the six points moved them out of the relegation places.

Perhaps surprisingly, manager Steve Evans then left the club, with Neil Redfearn taking over shortly after. He struggled initially as the Millers took just one point from six games, but successive wins – at his former club Leeds United and at home to Bristol City – eased the pressure, although they then lost their next three.

They go into Tuesday’s game in good form, though, having put Hull City and Bolton Wanderers to the sword in their previous two outings, scoring six in that time without conceding.

Team news

Striker Leon Best looks set to miss out once again due to a groin injury, while former Fulham man Stephen Kelly could be denied a return to the Cottage if he fails to recover from the calf problem that ruled him out of the Bolton win.

Jimmy Hill

The Club will be paying tribute to Jimmy Hill with a minute’s applause prior to kick-off (7.45pm). The official matchday programme will also feature a number of articles and interviews looking back at the life of an incredible football man.

Tickets

Tickets will be available for supporters to purchase on the gate from advertised cash turnstiles, priced from £25 for adults and £15 for juniors.

Weather

It will be dry all evening in SW6, with temperatures of around 10 degrees.

Coral match odds

Fulham: 21/20

Draw: 13/5

Rotherham: 13/5

Last time we met

A solid performance earned Fulham a first away league win of the season at the New York Stadium at the end of August. Ben Pringle needed just seven minutes to open his Fulham account against his former employers when he tapped in after Moussa Dembélé’s header was saved, before Ross McCormack doubled the advantage from the penalty spot on 16 following a foul on James Husband. Matt Derbyshire could have halved the deficit early on in the second half but his spot-kick was expertly saved by Andrew Lonergan, and McCormack almost secured the points when his venomous effort from distance hit the bar. Jonson Clarke-Harris did pull one back with a tidy finish from the edge of the box, but the Whites left with maximum points as Cauley Woodrow swept home Jamie O’Hara’s pass in stoppage time.

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