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Rotherham United v Albion match preview

22 December 2018

ALBION begin a hectic Christmas schedule at Rotherham United’s AESSEAL New York Stadium this Saturday (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

Rotherham are currently sat 20th in the Sky Bet Championship table after picking up 22 points from as many games.

It’s their first campaign back in the second tier following promotion via the play-offs from League One last season.

They are managed by Paul Warne, who’s been in charge permanently since April 2017 following a six-month spell as caretaker boss during a tough period for the club.

Last time out

The most recent meeting between the sides was in 2009 when Albion beat Rotherham 4-3 in a thrilling Carling Cup clash.

Craig Beattie's brace, as well as goals from Graham Dorrans and Simon Cox, helped the Baggies squeeze into the third round with the help of extra time.

Albion celebrate Beattie's opener at The Hawthorns

Stats 

Albion

  • Darren Moore’s side are now unbeaten in six games (W4, D2).
  • Craig Dawson will make his 200th Baggies appearance if he plays on Saturday.
  • Albion’s next goal will be the 50th they have scored in all competitions this season.

Rotherham

  • United have drawn 10 of their last 13 matches.
  • The Millers have hosted Albion just four times previously, with this being the first fixture between the teams at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
  • It was the Baggies who came out on top in the last clash to be held in South Yorkshire, a 3-0 Division One win in October 2003. Rotherham have beaten Albion just once at home ever.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from our last meeting with the Millers...

Head to head 

Albion come out on top in the overall head-to-head record.

Of the 11 matches that have been played, the Baggies have triumphed six times, there have been three draws and Rotherham have won on two occasions.

Ticket news

Albion have SOLD OUT their allocation at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Kit news

The Throstles will don the yellow and green kit this weekend.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Rotherham is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

International supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

Twitter - @WBA

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Match Reports

Rotherham United 0 Albion 4

22 December 2018

DWIGHT Gayle's hat-trick helped Albion deliver an early Christmas present as they triumphed 4-0 at Rotherham United to record their biggest away win of the season.

The frontman, who took his tally for the season to 13 goals at AESSEAL New York Stadium, helped the Baggies rack up their 50th of the Sky Bet Championship season as they extended their unbeaten sequence to seven matches.

Gayle handed the Baggies a dream start with a clever low free-kick after just six minutes before Harvey Barnes added his ninth of the campaign, slotting home the rebound after Jay Rodriguez had struck a post.

Gayle converted his second of the afternoon to give Albion a three-goal half-time advantage, wrapping up his treble in the 54th minute following an error from Millers goalkeeper Marek Rodak.

Ryan Manning sent a late penalty against a post as Albion went on to secure their second league clean sheet of the season, that coming against a Millers side who had lost just one of their previous 10 and not tasted defeat on home soil since August.

It ensured the 2,600 Baggies fans present travelled back to the midlands in celebratory mood to enjoy the Christmas period, with Wigan Athletic at The Hawthorns on Boxing Day.

Craig Dawson made his 200th appearance for Albion as Head Coach Darren Moore named an unchanged starting XI for the third successive match.

And the visitors flew out of the blocks, taking an early lead courtesy of Gayle's low free-kick under the Millers wall having himself been upended 25 yards out.

Manning curled an effort from distance against the far post in response as Dawson cleared Semi Ajayi's rebound off the line.

Yet it was Albion who doubled their advantage in the 20th minute.

Barnes put through his opponent's legs to break clear down the left and play in Rodriguez, whose strike came back off a post for the on-loan wide man to slot home.

And, with half-time approaching, there was time for Albion to add a third as Gayle slotted home Matt Phillips' free-kick from close range, securing a three-goal lead heading into the interval.

The Baggies continued where they left off after the restart and Gayle completed his hat-trick in the 54th minute, converting into an empty net after Millers goalkeeper Rodak had spilt the ball trying to prevent it going out of play.

Johnstone saved well from Michael Smith as Albion looked to preserve their clean sheet, captain Jake Livermore then heading off the line.

And the elusive blank was secured after Manning slammed his spot-kick against a post in the 76th minute, awarded for Tosin Adarabioyo's foul on Joe Newell - with Albion triumphing convincingly in the first meeting between the two sides since 2009.

Albion: Johnstone, Adarabioyo, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs, Phillips (Morrison 78), Barry (Brunt 58), Livermore (c), Gayle (Robson-Kanu 82), Rodriguez, Barnes.

Subs: Myhill, Mears, Harper, Sako.

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Ticket News

Rotherham trip now sold out

15 December 2018

TICKETS have now sold out for Albion’s Sky Bet Championship trip to Rotherham United.

The Baggies, who’ll be searching for a fourth consecutive away win, will be backed by 2,500 supporters at the New York Stadium on Saturday afternoon (ko 3pm).

Thank you for your fantastic support.

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