Midweek Preview

Not much changed at the weekend, which included managerial changes. At least those that occured in League One were deadline friendly.

Derby returned to the top of the table for the first time since December after coming from behind twice to beat Sheffield Wednesday by the odd goal in five at the iPro Stadium, but Middlesbrough (who lost at home for the first time since the end of August, Leeds scoring after three minutes) and Bournemouth (who lost 3-1 at Brentford) could overtake the Rams tonight. I’m very conscious of using ‘could overtake’ a lot recently and I’ve got a feeling that’s only going to get worse as we reach the end of the season.

At the foot of the table, the point Millwall earned against Fulham put them within striking distance of Brighton (who beat Birmingham in a seven goal thriller) and Rotherham, who were thumped 5-0 by Wolves, for whom recent signing Benik Afobe netted a hat-trick. That was the Millers’ heaviest defeat at this level since they lost by the same score at Sheffield United in September 2003 and distorted their goal difference to the extent that they’ve now only conceded six fewer goals than Millwall.

Which brings me nicely round to the only game tonight that features sides from both the top and bottom six: Rotherham visit Watford, who were comprehensively turned over by Norwich on Saturday, a result that proved once again what a lousy tipster I am.

The Millers haven’t kept an away clean sheet since the beginning of December and have only kept one in all of their eight trips to Vicarage Road from February 1969, so this might be a case of how many rather than if the Hornets can score. Although they failed to score against Norwich at the weekend, they rebounded after similar defeats to Cardiff and Wolves earlier in the season and have scored at least twice in nine of their sixteen home games this season.

However, in the interests of keeping it brief due to a ‘two post’ week, I’ll have to love you and leave you now. I’ll be back on Friday…unless anyone gets the sack.

Author: Mike Roberts

A football fan since the 1970s, I take my inspiration from the standard of writing that made Shoot! magazine streets ahead of anything else back in the day. I'm also a complete and utter stathead, which I blame on being exposed to American sports at the end of my teens.