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Preview: Sunderland v Rotherham United

We look ahead to the Sky Bet League One Match…

SUNDERLAND host Rotherham United at the Stadium of Light, as they look to build on a positive start to their Sky Bet League One campaign.

Jack Ross’s side have made a good start to the season as they look to go one better than the last, having lost in the Play-Off Final. The Black Cats have started with five wins, two draws and one defeat from their seven matches in the league.tar

The Black Cats come into this game on the back of a 3-1 victory over Accrington Stanley at the weekend and having lost just one from their last seven in all competitions.

Rotherham United, managed by Paul Warne, have won three out of four games on the road this season and will be looking to build on the emphatic 6-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Speaking ahead of the fixture, Black Cats boss Ross told the Media at Monday’s press conference that winger Duncan Watmore is still missing, however striker Charlie Wyke is back after suspension and injury.

Ross also stated as things stand, the Black Cats have no fresh injury concerns from the weekend’s win over Accrington. This is despite a couple of players being involved who had been carrying injuries.

Speaking after the victory over Bolton on Saturday Millers boss Paul Warne said: “I always think we can be better,”

“If I didn’t I’m not doing my job properly. We’ll watch the game back tomorrow then prepare for Sunderland. We’ll see what things we could have done better.

“We had plenty of chances, first-half. The set-piece caught us cold, even though we haven’t been able to have them watched, I knew set-pieces would be a problem. Someone fell asleep, so that’s a problem.

“But, overall, to score six goals at home in the sunshine, it was a good workout against a good Bolton side. We weren’t playing against an Under-21s – anything but. They did cause us problems, at times, but more often than not, the lads answered the questions.”

Warne admitted that “The lads were trying to score,” saying “We were putting dangerous crosses in. We haven’t had much luck over the last five or six games, I don’t think. Whereas we had a lot of luck today, like Carlton’s second goal with how it fell to him and a deflected shot. You could argue that the scoreline maybe flattered us, I don’t know if we were deserved of more goals but we were definitely deserved of a win.”

Warne believed that he thought Bolton would start really well, saying: “I thought they (Bolton) would start really well. They had a brilliant following and they stood to a man to the final whistle and clapped their team off, which was hugely impressive.

“For them to score early on was a good character test and the lads passed the test.”

Match Prediction

Sunderland 1-2 Rotherham United

Away Ticket News

Ticket Details for Rotherham United fans ahead of the game, it’s been confirmed that Millers supporters can pay on the night at the Stadium of Light ahead of their clash.

There will be no increases in price of tickets on the day of the game – meaning they are priced at:

  • Adults (22-64): £18
  • Senior (65+): £15
  • Under 22: £10
  • Under 16: £17

Proof of concessions will need to be shown at time of purchase and also on the turnstiles at the Stadium of Light on the day of the game. If anyone is unable to show proof of concession at the turnstiles then they’ll be refused entry with no refund possible.

Tickets will remain on sale at the AESSEAL New York Stadium’s Red and White Shop, online at Rotherham United Shop or via phone on 01709 827768 until 12pm Tuesday 17th September.

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EFL Suspend Yet Another Bury Game As Shakers Remain In Crisis

THE English Football League (EFL) have today suspended the Sky Bet League One clash between Rotherham United and Bury FC at the AESSEAL New York Stadium due to outstanding evidence regarding a number of financial commitments which hasn’t been provided by Bury owner Steve Dale.

The suspension of the fixture between the ‘Millers’ and the ‘Shakers’ means Bury have every one of their games this season in the Sky Bet League One and Carabao Cup suspended by the authority.

Bury have also been issued with a a notice of charge after they failed to fulfil the cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 13 August 2019.

A statement from the EFL read:“The EFL Board has taken the decision to suspend Bury FC’s upcoming League One fixture with Rotherham United on Tuesday 20 August 2019 as the outstanding evidence regarding a number of financial commitments has still not been provided by owner Steve Dale.

It is now the Club’s fourth game of the season not to take place as originally scheduled and they will be referred to a Disciplinary Commission in respect of all suspended League matches.

However, as previously stated the EFL maintains the view that League matches cannot continue being suspended indefinitely, as the pressures of a congested fixture calendar will simply not allow such flexibility and the deadline of 23 August for withdrawal of membership remains in place.

Bury are due to play Tranmere Rovers on 24 August 2019 and, because of the close proximity to the notice of withdrawal deadline, a decision on whether to suspend that fixture will take place in the early part of week commencing 19 August 2019.

In addition, Bury have also been served with a notice of charge in regard to its failure to fulfil the cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 13 August 2019.

The Club has been given until 5pm on Wednesday 21 August 2019 to respond.  At this stage the management committee of the competition (the EFL Board) will determine the matter or refer it to a Disciplinary Commission under EFL Regulations.”

It seems to be a horrible time for Shakers fans who fear their club could be on the brink of liquidation and could even as early as next Friday (23rd August) have their EFL membership withdrawn if the financial difficulties aren’t resolved by then.

Bury fans let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments below.

What do you think will happen between now and 23rd August? Will your club survive?

3 managers who could take over at Chesterfield

Chesterfield parted company with manager Gary Caldwell after just 8 months in the role as manager. Having been unable to keep the Spireites in League One last season, Caldwell was given the task of building a team capable of an immediate return to English football’s third tier. 

Following just one win this season in eight games though, the Chesterfield board decided to relieve Caldwell of his duties and placed Guy Branston in temporary charge.

We take a look at three potential new candidates to take the Chesterfield hot seat.

Kevin Davies

Despite having no previous managerial experience, Kevin Davies could be seen as a potential replacement to the outgoing Gary Caldwell. Davies is no stranger to the Spireites supporters, having played for the club between 1993 and 1997, before he attracted the attention of Southampton.

Some will say that the club need an experienced manager at the helm to help guide the club up the League Two table, but with Davies having played under the likes of Graeme Souness and Sam Allardyce, he is sure to have picked up plenty of quality coaching tips and methods and could be seen as an outsider for the hot seat.

Alan Stubbs

Having started his managerial career in Scotland with Hibernian, Stubbs won the club the Scottish Cup in the 2015-2016 season, their first time in 114 years. After guiding Hib’s to success, he moved South of the border and became the new manager of Rotherham United.

Despite being appointed in June 2016, Stubbs was sacked by the ‘Millers’ in October the same year after losing ten of his fourteen games in charge of the football club. Despite only having a brief spell with Rotherham, the drop down to League Two could re-galvanise his managerial career and he could draw on his success at Hibernian and guide Chesterfield up the League Two table.

Steve Cotterill 

The experienced option for Chesterfield would be to turn to Steve Cotterill. Having had plenty of managerial jobs throughout his career and having worked with plenty of decent names in the game, he could certainly turn the clubs fortunes around and help them back up the League Two table.

Starting his career at Sligo Rovers, Cotterill led the Irish outfit into Europe, before making the move to Cheltenham Town who were at the time of his appointment a Southern Football League Premier Division side. In his first full year with the club though he got them promoted to the Football Conference. After spending five years with the club he moved onto Stoke City, before going on manage the likes of Burnley, Notts County, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City.

His most recent post was as Assistant Manager to Harry Redknapp at Birmingham City, but after helping guide the Midlands outfit to safety last season he decided to leave the club despite being asked to stay on in his role.

Chesterfield fans who do you want to see as your new manager and what would they bring to the team? Let us know in the comments section…

2 players that will help Portsmouth succeed this season

Portsmouth make the trip to AFC Wimbledon this weekend in search of their first victory in 4 games.

Having tasted success last season after lifting the League Two champions trophy, the south coast outfit have struggled to adapt to life in League One, picking up just 1 win in 5 matches so far this season.

Last time out Portsmouth lost 1-0 at home to Rotherham United, which was the first victory on the road for the ‘Millers’ in 27 attempts.

The club bought in 13 new players to the club this summer including experienced striker Brett Pitman, who manager Kenny Jackett handed the captains armband to upon his arrival to Fratton Park. Having only played 5 games there is still plenty of time for the club to turn their season around, and put together a run of victories to help them finish strongly and further up the table.

With this in mind for me defender Christian Burgess and striker Brett Pitman are going to need to step up and be key players for the club, to help them succeed this summer.

Christian Burgess – The central defender was in the League Two team of the year last season after a string of terrific performances, and despite only being 25 years of age he was a pivotal part of the Portsmouth team that helped the club achieve promotion from the football league’s bottom tier.

Burgess also chipped in with 4 goals last term and provided 2 assists for his team, showing that he can be an effect at the top end of the pitch as well as defensively. With Portsmouth only conceding 40 goals throughout the whole of last season, and Burgess playing 44 out 46 league games it shows how valuable he is to the defence and another solid season this campaign could really help the club succeed.

Brett Pitman – With Kenny Jackett appointing Pitman as the new captain of the team this season, he obviously sees him as an integral part of the Portsmouth side. Having joined the south coast outfit from Ipswich this summer, the club will be looking for a return on there investment in terms of Pitman scoring plenty of goals.

Having only found the back of the net on 4 occasions last season for Ipswich in the Championship, Pitman has started life at Portsmouth in terrific fashion as he is only one short of his tally from last season after 5 games in League One. If the club are to have a successful season, Pitman is going to have to continue to find the back of the net on a regular basis.

Portsmouth fans do you agree Burgess and Pitman are key players to you doing well this season? Let us know in the comments section…