Rotherham United v Nottingham Forest Preview

Written by Jack Williamson

Rotherham United will face Nottingham Forest at home on Tuesday 23 February at 7:45pm.

Rotherham are in the relegation zone and need to end a run of three consecutive defeats, while Forest could go 10 points clear of the bottom three with a win at the New York Stadium.

Rotherham United currently sit 22nd  in the Championship but they are only two points behind Birmingham City in 21st and have two games in hand. Three points at home would allow the Millers to close that gap and could be huge in helping the club stay up this season.

After a narrow defeat at the weekend to Championship leaders Norwich City, Rotherham manager Paul Warne said: “All in all I’m pleased with the performance levels but just disappointed with the result.”

The Millers will now face a Nottingham Forest side with the the best defensive record in the bottom half, having conceded 31 goals in 31 games. However, Forest have never won at the New York Stadium in four attempts since it opened in 2012.

The midlands club are also facing a striker injury crisis. Lewis Grabban is out with a hamstring injury and Lyle Taylor was seen clutching his back on Saturday during the win against Blackburn.

Given the tight turn around for the Tuesday night game, 37-year-old veteran Glenn Murray could be likely to start. Murray had great success with current Forest manager Chris Hughton at Brighton and his experience as a striker will be vital.

The odds are stacked against Rotherham, as only Birmingham City have conceded more goals at home this season and their top scorer Michael Smith has just seven returns. The reverse fixture in October ended 1-1 with the game on Tuesday night also looking likely to be tight.

Predicted score 1-2.

The match will be available to Sky Sports customers on the Sky Sports Football Red Button or the Sky Sports App.

Rotherham United Championship form: WWLLL

Nottingham Forest Championship form: WWDLW

Written by Jack Williamson

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