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Accrington v Millers - Crown Ground Team News Preview
Published : 27 Nov 2012 11:02:31
Weather permitting the Millers head to the North West tonight looking to climb into fourth place in the table.
Both teams game in hand is due to the original fixture being postponed at the eleventh hour by referee Chris Sarginson at the start of last month.
If there is to be a repeat with the iffy forecast around then both sets of fans, particularly the travelling Millers, will hope for an early decision.
Stanley held league leaders Gillingham to a 1-1 draw at the weeekend with new player coach James Beattie already making an impact. Beattie bagged the penalty that earned his side a point to score his second goal since his arrival.
Manager Leam Richardson welcomes back Piero Mingoia into his squad and also has Rob Atkinson available. Rotherham loanee Danny Schofield, who has been on the bench in recent weeks, is banned from playing due to the terms of the agreement between the clubs.
Richardson told BBC Radio Lancashire: "The lads are doing great at the moment and there's not much to fear through our group. As long as we conduct ourselves well and work as hard as we did on Saturday, we've got nothing to fear from any team.
"The players that aren't starting - they've got to keep believing and keep fit. Everybody is accountable for where we are and what we achieve."
Millers boss Steve Evans is looking for back to back away victories which would see a rise from 7th to 4th. He may also have the luxury of naming the same side for two games running after being depleted by injury. Johnny Mullins will again start at the heart of the back four.
There will be at least one change on the bench though after Mitch Rose's red card at Exeter on Saturday - he starts a three game suspension.
The game will probably come too early for Lee Frecklington and Kieran Agard, although the pair could take fitness tests before kick off if required.
Evans told Radio Sheffield: "The chairman is in talks with the Peterborough chairman about signing Lee Frecklington on a permanent deal. Lee is a good player and he is the kind of player we'd like to sign.
"Successful teams pick up wins when they've played poorly and we've yet to find that yet.
"I know people who know James Beattie very well and they speak very highly of him so I'm looking forward to meeting him."