PREVIEW: Rotherham United vs Stockport County

Written by Seb Sadler

League One leaders Rotherham United will take on non-league Stockport County at the AESSEAL New York Stadium tonight.

The Millers are looking to extend their club record unbeaten run against the Hatters in the second round FA cup tie and continue their 17 game unbeaten run.

Stockport County are eager to reach the third round for only the second  time since 2007.

RUFC currently have only one fresh injury concern, with 6 goal striker Will Grigg being reported to have lower back swelling.

Manager Paul Warne told the media that Grigg: “struggled throughout the first half (on Tuesday). There is a chance that he won’t be available on Friday”.

Seven goal midfielder Ben Wiles should be included in the starting line up after missing Tuesday night’s fixture where the Millers put in a gritty display to overcome Port Vale on penalties to reach the last 16 in the Papa John’s Trophy.

After coming on as substitutes on Tuesday, the deadly striker duo of Michael Smith and Freddie Ladapo should also start, especially with Will Grigg’s potential absence.

Smith and Ladapo have been integral to Rotherham’s success this season, with 21 goals between them in all competitions this season.

The Millers may also stick to their defensive backline of captain Michael Ihiekwe, Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Joe Mattock and Wes Harding.

Rotherham manager Paul Warne said on Thursday: “Sitting top of the league going into the two cup games is a great feeling and we want to embrace these games for what they are.”

“Hopefully it will be a great game on Friday night and we can enjoy the cup game for what it is.” 

Warne knows the risk the Hatters pose however, the Conference side are currently on a seven game unbeaten run across all competitions and upset League One side Bolton to reach the second round of the competition.

Warne said: “I watched them against Bolton and I think they more than deserved their win and if they come here and play as well as they did that game, it wouldn’t shock a lot of people”

Seb Jones, who writes for football league publication The 72, gave his opinion on the fixture: “Stockport will be a test for Rotherham, however I see Rotherham winning this one fairly comfortably. They may put up a fight, but I see an easy Rotherham win in the end.”

Written by Seb Sadler

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