The New York Stadium will be the venue for an important home game for Rotherham United who are ready to welcome visiting side QPR on Saturday.
A win for the home team could see Rotherham put some much needed distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
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Neil Redfearn’s team are currently sitting in twentieth place in the Championship and are three points clear of the drop zone.
A win would also help Rotherham close the gap on the visiting side, who are three places above them with four more points.
QPR are winless in their last six matches while Rotherham have managed three wins within the same span, including a 2-0 midweek home victory against playoff contenders Brighton. Based on form, Rotherham have a decent chance heading into Saturday’s match.
The home side’s chances of another successive home victory have been boosted by the news that Redfearn has no new injury or suspension worries to deal with.
Several of his players still have long term complaints – including Farrend Rawson and Lee Frecklington who have hamstring troubles. Stephen Kelly will be kept out of the defence by a calf complaint.
It remains to be seen whether Lewis Buxton will resolve his contractual issues in time to feature on Saturday. Rotherham have managed to beat two of the Championship’s top six sides at home as of late – Brighton and Hull.
Both victories were clean sheets and by more than one goal. The Millers will see QPR as the perfect chance to extend this run.
QPR manager is winless since taking charge of the side and has lingering injury worries at key positions but the main news is that Charlie Austin has left the club for Southampton.
Saints Director of Football Les Reed told the BBC this morning:
This signing is an indicator of our intent to finish the season strongly and continue the progress we’ve made in the last few years.
Charlie shares that ambition. He has a fantastic goalscoring pedigree, but remains hungry to improve and develop as a footballer – something that convinced him that Southampton is the ideal next step in his career.”
Austin, who has scored 130 goals since joining Swindon Town in 2009, will join up with his new team-mates next week.
“As soon as Southampton showed an interest that was the one club I wanted to go to,” said Austin, who was linked with a move to Newcastle last summer.
Goalkeeper Rob Green’s illness has stopped him from featuring lately, but he is currently touch and go to make a return.
QPR will desperately hoping to avoid featuring third choice, inexperienced option Joe Lumley between the posts.
The away side are struggling to find their first victory under Hasselbaink. Finding it at the New York Stadium will be a tough task.
QPR’s incentive to win is added to by the fact that anything other than a victory could see the West London side being overtaken by Blackburn, being pushed closer to the relegation zone in the process.