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League One: Promotion chasing Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic to battle it out

Two teams who were relegated from the Championship last season will face each other on Saturday, as ninth placed Rotherham United host second place Wigan Athletic in League One.

The Latics travel to The AESSEAL New York Stadium after winning 3-0 over newly-promoted Doncaster Rovers, in which Ryan Colclough scored a brace. This ensured that Wigan have clenched 2 wins in their last five games.

The Millers on the other hand had no mid-week fixture. They lost last time out 2-1 to top of the league Shrewsbury with a 93rd minute goal from Stefan Payne. This ensured that Paul Warne’s Rotherham side have endured a five game winless run.

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In the dugout:

Paul Warne – Rotherham
The Rotherham faithful can often be heard ironically chanting “He’s just a fitness coach!” to their manager Paul Warne when things are going well. The 44 year-old who spent a period of time as a player for Wigan and the Millers has had no managerial experience prior to taking the helm at the Millers on a full time basis last season. It has been a mixed bag of emotions for Warne who favours high-pressure attacking football, with results ranging from losing to strugglers AFC Wimbledon 3-1, to battering the likes of Southend United 5-0.

Paul Cook – Wigan Athletic
After successfully gaining promotion from League Two to League One with Portsmouth last season, Paul Cook chose to make the move from Hampshire and become the manager of Wigan Athletic at the start of the 2017/18 campaign (along with midfielder Gary Roberts). The switch looks like a wise decision as the man who seemingly favours football in a 4-2-3-1 formation, appears to be on course to bring the Latics straight back up, with them currently sitting pretty in second place.

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Ones to watch:

Kieffer Moore – Rotherham United
From playing non-league football for Forest Green Rovers, to becoming League One’s current top scorer, Kieffer Moore is an obvious threat to Paul Cook’s defence. The 25 year-old has played a pivotal role in much of Rotherham’s games so far this season, being a lone striker in a 4-5-1 formation more often than not. The towering striker who is on-loan at the Millers from Championship side Ipswich Town has scored 13 goals so far this season and Rotherham will do very well to keep him at the club in January.

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Nick Powell – Wigan Athletic
Wigan’s highest goal-scorer so far this season comes in the form of lively midfielder Nick Powell. The 23 year-old has scored 7 goals for the Latics. As Wigan fans will fondly remember in the previous game against Rotherham last season, he came on as a substitute and netted an injury time winner. This was after being out for three months due to injury. The 6ft man also boasts experience playing in the England set-up until U21 level.

What to expect…
It will most likely be a game where both teams score – based on Rotherham’s positive scoring record on home soil, and taking into account the Latics’s impressive scoring record, where they have notched eleven goals in their last five away outings in the league.

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The two sides will play at The AESSEAL New York Stadium, Saturday 25th November, 3pm kick-off.
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Twitter Reacts: Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Rotherham United

Kieffer Moore’s 96th minute equaliser against Doncaster Rovers set the large travelling contingent from Rotherham into rapturous scenes, late on in the South Yorkshire derby.

Here’s how Twitter users reacted to the result:

Bet365 tweeted:

The towering striker who is on loan at the Millers from Championship side Ipswich Town, is currently the top goal scorer in English football with a tally of 13 goals.

Some Rotherham fans enjoyed some banter regarding their local rivals:

Rotherham United striker Jonson Clarke-Harris, who came on as a substitute in the 74th minute, expressed his delight at the result:

Another striker, in the form of former Rotherham United and current Bolton Wanderers attacker Adam Le Fondre also tweeted his thoughts:

Le Fondre scored over 50 goals during his time playing for Rotherham, becoming a fans’ favourite for his goal-scoring exploits. He has netted just once so far this season in a second to bottom placed Bolton side.

In the match, supporters and staff from both clubs perhaps had justified reasons to criticise match referee Graham Scott. Rotherham fan Tim Gillatt shared his thoughts on the issue:

Tweets from the Doncaster faithful weren’t all doom and gloom after looking like the match winners to conceding late on. This supporter took some positives from the 1-1 draw:

However, for most Doncaster fans that late equaliser will have made the draw feel almost like a defeat. Some Rovers fans however seemingly wanted to contend that the euphoric Millers were perhaps a little over-excited with their late goal:

All the banter aside. It was a game in which Doncaster Rovers midfielder James Coppinger marked his 550th appearance for Rovers, and the 36 year-old should be recognised for his devotion to the club:

This result meant that both clubs moved up in the league table. Doncaster move up to 17th place while the Millers now occupy the last play-off spot in 6th place, just one point above 7th placed Blackburn.

The two sides will meet again at The AESSEAL New York Stadium on February 24th 2018.

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