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Rotherham v Bristol City: Five things to look out for

After the sweet - and much-needed - win at Leeds last week, Rotherham return to home soil against Bristol City.

And there is pressure and expectation on their shoulders as it marks the start of a easier run of fixtures which the Millers need to pick up points from.

Here are five things to look out for in the game.

After the Lord's Mayor Show

The mood around the club has lifted immeasurably in the wake of last week's sweet success at Leeds and with an inviting run of fixtures coming up and a squad overhaul, there is some optimism around. However, the Millers have to make sure they are void of any complacency that might creep in. On paper, it's a game they will fancy getting something out of, but there's no way they will have enough to win unless they show all of the grit, determination and effort that was showcased at Elland Road. Neil Redfearn has to ensure that his men are equally as up for it as they were last week.

Seeking home comforts

After the harrowing display against Ipswich last time out, the Millers supporters could be forgiven for heading to New York with some trepidation. The truth is, if Rotherham are going to stay up this season then they have to get their home form sorted and quickly. Just one win and two draws from eight games is no way conducive to a good season, nor is taking just one point from games against MK Dons, Preston and Fulham. The Millers' survival last season was built on their home form and they have to start picking the points up in a similar manner to how they did in the first part of 2015. Saturday – a game against a side only four points above them in the table – is a good place to start.

Is Kieran Agard a Championship player?

After choosing Bristol City over Leeds last summer, Kieran Agard's ambition was questioned in some sections when he left the Millers to drop down a level. However, he soon found himself in the Championship anyway as the Robins ran away with League One last season and we could get a glimpse into what the Millers are missing on Saturday. He has recently come back from injury, but his burning pace is likely to cause the hosts trouble and if 2013-14 told us anything, it's that he knows how to get into the right areas in the penalty box. Despite the manner of his Millers exit - which came after he refused to sign a new contract - he is likely to be afforded a warm reception by the home crowd as they get another flashback to a golden year.

Who's the Best man to replace Leon?

The fact that Leon Best is going to be missed despite only playing 73 minutes tells you about the impact he had on his debut at Leeds and the troubles the Millers had before his arrival. So, it's back to the the previous pool of Matt Derbyshire, Danny Ward and Jonson Clarke-Harris for the Robins clash and Redfearn has a choice to make. Despite a drought stretching back to September, Clarke-Harris is likely to get a shirt as he was much-improved at Leeds so there's a decision to be made as to who partners him in attack. Derbyshire has been carrying an injury and was lacklustre against Ipswich, while Ward has failed to find his level in a stop-start season. Whoever Redfearn goes with let's hope they were studying Best's performance at Leeds last week as it has to be better than it was against Ipswich.

Goals Galore

Prior to the Millers keeping a clean sheet at Leeds last week, it has hardly been the bravest of calls to suggest their games will have goals in them. They have the leakiest defence in the division and have been breached on four or more times on three occasions. But, for all their shortcomings in attack, they usually manage to find the net and 71 per cent of their games have ended with both teams scoring, and that goes as high as 88 per cent at New York. Bristol City have the second leakiest defence, shipping 27 (six less than Rotherham), but they generally have no problem scoring at the other end, bagging 18. They operate at 59% per cent on the both teams to score ratio. The Millers would love nothing more than to record a second successive clean sheet, but all the form points to goals.

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