Rotherham United vs Southend United
Southend make their first trip in almost five years to the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday afternoon as they take on Rotherham United in league action.
Blues will want to bounce back after their Carabao Cup defeat to Newport County in midweek and will be buoyed by the fact they’ve failed to lose in nine previous trips to the South Yorkshire club.
Rotherham United safely made it through their Carabao Cup tie thanks to a 2-1 win at home to Lincoln City, although the Millers did start their league campaign with a 2-0 defeat at Fleetwood.
And Paul Warne’s side will be desperate to pick up league points sooner rather than later having only picked up 23 points last campaign, which saw them relegated from the Championship.
Rotherham United: WLWWWL
Southend United: LWWLDW
Last Three Encounters
2nd March 2013: Southend United (Hurst) 1 vs 1 (Mullins) Rotherham United
13th October 2012: Rotherham United 0 vs 3 (Assombalonga 2, Martin) Southend United
10th February 2012: Southend United 0 vs 2 (Harrad, Revell) Rotherham United
Blues will continue to be without Michael Turner and Ben Coker, however, Stephen McLaughlin will be pushing for a first league start after getting through the full 90 minutes against Newport.
Mark Oxley is likely to return between the sticks after being a substitute in the midweek League Cup defeat, whilst Dru Yearwood and Rob Kiernan will be looking for their league debuts.
Millers new signing Shaun Cummings is unlikely to feature against Southend as he continues to build his fitness after signing following his release by Millwall earlier in the week.
Rotherham boss Paul Warne could though give Darren Potter his league debut for the club. Potter missed out on the Fleetwood defeat with tonsillitis but played in midweek against Lincoln.
Phil Brown, Southend United Manager:
“Saturday is going to be a fantastic surface, it’s a new stadium and the challenge is to be a better footballing team than the opposition.
“The style of football is important but it’s the mentality of the group that is more important.
“If their fans are up because they’ve got the first goal, then it will be a tough game.
“If we play the kind of football we know we can play, to get our noses in front, then it might be a tough day for them.”
Paul Warne, Rotherham United manager:
"Southend have got some good players. I've watched them this morning and they're not dissimilar to us and it'll be an open game."