DONS PREVIEW: Millers out to take first win over Dons

Patrick Bamford celebrates scoring a late winner against Rotherham in 2013.
Patrick Bamford celebrates scoring a late winner against Rotherham in 2013.

MK Dons will lock horns with Rotherham for the seventh time this Saturday, but for the very first time as Championship clubs.

Karl Robinson’s side hold a narrow edge over the Millers, having won two of the six previous fixtures, while the pair have played out four draws since their first meeting back in October 2005.

Rotherham fought back from 2-0 down last time the sides met in 2014.

Rotherham fought back from 2-0 down last time the sides met in 2014.

That day, a late Malvin Kamara 10 minutes from time cancelled out Andy Monkhouse’s first half strike at the National Hockey Stadium in a 1-1 stalemate.

The return fixture that season happened to fall on the final day of the season, where a win for Dons at Millmoor would have kept them up and sent Rotherham down to League 2.

However, the 0-0 draw meant Dons were relegated and ended Danny Wilson’s 18 month spell in charge of the club.

Two years later, the sides met again, this time in League 2 following Rotherham’s relegation. Having won 1-0 at Millmoor, Dons were held to a 1-1 draw at stadium:mk though were promoted as League 2 champions.

Millers boss Steve Evans

Millers boss Steve Evans

Five years passed before Rotherham were promoted back to the third tier, and it was a whirlwind season for them as they went straight up to the Championship at the first time of asking.

However, they could only pick up a single point against Dons, though it came in dramatic circumstances.

In both encounters during the 2013/14 season, Dons squandered two-goal leads to Steve Evans’ side. But the match at stadium:mk ended in dramatic fashion with Patrick Bamford scoring a winner two minutes from time to win 3-2.

And having gone 2-0 up at the New York Stadium, Brendan Galloway’s sending off early in the second period left Dons up against it, conceding two late goals in a fiery 2-2 draw.

Ultimately, Rotherham would go up through the play-offs and survive their first season in the Championship, while Dons would go up via automatic promotion from League 1.

The Millers are widely tipped to return to League 1 this season, but will turn to new signing Chris Maguire, formerly of Sheffield Wednesday, to lead the line for them.

Dons meanwhile have looked to replace the goals from Will Grigg and Dele Alli last season by bringing in strikers Simon Church from Charlton and Sam Gallagher from Southampton, while they await international clearance for Cristian Benavente and Sergio Aguza.

The match at the New York Stadium kicks off on Saturday at 3pm.