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Oxford Utd V Rotherham at The Kassam Stadium : Match Preview

18 Jan 2013 15:01:24

Oxford Utd V Rotherham at The Kassam Stadium : Match Preview

Oxford Utd V Rotherham - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.


Wilder turns to Brown

Oxford boss Chris Wilder will put his faith in 35-year-old player-coach Wayne Brown again against Rotherham on Saturday with number one goalkeeper Ryan Clarke sidelined.

Clarke requires a double shoulder operation which could rule the former Bristol Rovers shotstopper out for the rest of the season but Wilder is not rushing to sign a replacement.

"Wayne will get us through this period and if not, we'll have to make a decision off the back of it," Wilder told the Oxford Mail.

"Wayne will pick it up. He didn't have a lot to do (at Bradford) and he just needed that game."

Striker James Constable is available again having served a fourth-match ban and he will be pushing for a recall along with usual strike partner Tom Craddock at the Kassam.

Deane Smalley and Adam Chapman come into contention after spells on the sidelines, while Lewis Montrose will hope to start again having made his debut in the win at Bradford.

Rotherham will welcome back Kari Arnason for the trip.

The versatile Iceland international missed last weekend's dismal home defeat to Barnet due to a one-match suspension and he will come straight back into Steve Evans' side.

Skipper Ian Sharps could be the man to make way as the centre-half appears to heading for the exit door of the New York Stadium after the club fielded several calls about his availability.

Fellow defender Craig Morgan (foot) and goalkeeper Scott Shearer (elbow) are the only occupants of the treatment room and will be out for a couple more weeks.

Top scorer Daniel Nardiello was dropped for that loss against the Bees, which saw the Millers drop out of the automatic promotion places, and Evans could be tempted to recall him up front.

The Millers will be relishing a return to the road having won their last four away league games.


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