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PREVIEW: Coventry City v Rotherham

26 November 2013

Read our full match preview before the match with the Millers in League One...

Venue: Sixfields Stadium
Date: Tuesday, 26th November
Competition: SkyBet League One
Kick-Off: 7.45pm

Coventry City will be looking to bounce back against Rotherham United after a shock 5-1 defeat to Tranmere Rovers.

Ronnie Moore’s side raced into a 3-0 half-time lead through goals from Jake Kirby and a brace from Ryan Lowe.

Lowe completed his hat-trick soon after half-time with a wonderful chip. Carl Baker scored a penalty for the Sky Blues but James Wallace rounded off a miserable afternoon for City with a low 25-yard strike. 

Rotherham have enjoyed a positive start to the 2013/14 League One season having been promoted from League Two.

The Millers finished second in the League Two table last season which saw them gain promotion to the third tier of English football. 

Steve Evans has brought in former Bury winger David Worrall on a free transfer and loaned in Bournemouth striker Matt Tubbs as he looks to mount a play-off challenge this season.

The Yorkshire club are currently four points ahead of the Sky Blues having gone on a four-match unbeaten run, winning three of them.

The last time these two teams met was in the league above, when Coventry and Rotherham played each other in the newly named Coca-Cola Championship.

Coventry were victories that day, and drew the reverse fixture at Highfield Road 0-0 in the last season at the old stadium. Coventry lead the overall head to head, their 13 victories better than their counterpart’s nine, whilst there has also been eight draws between the two sides.

Coventry hold the record for the biggest victory in the fixture, winning 7-0 against Rotherham in November 1925.

Last five fixtures:

01/01/2005 – Rotherham United 1-2 Coventry City, Championship
18/09/2004 – Coventry City 0-0 Rotherham United, Championship
24/04/2004 – Coventry City 1-1 Rotherham United, Division One
02/12/2003 – Rotherham United 2-0 Coventry City, Division One
15/02/2003 – Rotherham United 1-0 Coventry City, Division One

Kieran Agard

Kieran Agard leads Rotherham scoring charts this season, bagging nine goals in 21 appearances in all competitions. 

At 24 years old, Agard has now cemented himself as a regular at Rotherham, in what is now his second season, but he also had brief, somewhat unsuccessful, spells on loan at Peterborough and Kilmarnock, before transferring to Yeovil in 2011.

The former Everton Academy graduate has already improved upon his total of any campaign to date, with him scoring six goals in the two previous seasons for Rotherham and Yeovil Town.

He comes to Sixfields having scored four goals in four games, including a brace against Bradford City, and will be the man that the Coventry defence will hope to stop.

Mark Robins

The former Coventry City manager scored 44 league goals for the Millers and was the first team he managed. 

After starting his career at Manchester United, he moved on to Norwich City and Leicester City over the first 12 years of his career. 

After having spells in Greece and Spain, Robins moved back to England with the Saddlers before moving to Rotherham where he made over 100 appearances.

After ending his career with Burton Albion, Robins landed his first managerial job with Rotherham in 2007 but had to contend with a series of off-field problems at the time.

Scott Shearer 

The former Coventry City goalkeeper played a crucial role in getting Rotherham promoted to League One last season.

Shearer made 20 appearances last season having moved from Crawley Town in May 2012 to link up with former Crawley boss Steve Evans. 

Shearer joined City in 2003 and made 38 appearances for the club in a two-year spell.

He is currently out of the side but is expected to be on the bench for the clash at Sixfields.

Tickets are still available to buy for Tuesday’s Game against Rotherham at the reduced Tuesday Night football prices. 

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