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Rotherham v Bolton: 5 things to look out for

Rotherham hope to build on their impressive win over Hull on Boxing Day when rock-bottom Bolton visit New York.

The game represents a chance to not only move out of the bottom three but inflict further damage on their visitors at the foot of the table.

Here's five things to look out for in the game.

Making the Hull win count

The superb success over Steve Bruce's men surprised many and, despite being well deserved, it was a definite bonus for the Millers in that it was a game they were not expected to get anything out of. Those vital three points will count for nothing if they cannot follow it up against Bolton – a side they will be expected to beat. Although the Millers have positive experiences of building on wins this season, as landmark successes against Cardiff and Leeds were followed up, if history is anything to go by this is not going to be a canter. It would be entirely Rotherham United-like to win last week and then follow it up on Boxing Day against the bottom of the league in front of a full house with a limp performance. Stuff like that is their trademark. Boss Neil Redfearn will want a rebranding to ensure that his side register something against Bolton.

Are Bolton as bad as their form suggests?

Despite Bolton's beleaguered position – both on and off the field – it would be foolish to think they are going to roll over and let Rotherham win. They are currently five points adrift of safety, but they have lost less games than the Millers this season and have drawn more than anyone else in the division. This isn't going to be easy. Both Lennon – when not dealing with allegations about his private life in the media – and his assistant Steve Walford have been encouraged by recent performances and believe draws against Charlton and Fulham have given them confidence to go and get wins. They will be targeting this game just as much as the Millers are.

Luke Hyam's replacement

Ipswich's recall of Luke Hyam means that Redfearn will be forced into at least one change on Saturday. If the boss wants a like-for-like replacement then he has Tom Thorpe and Paul Green who can play a sitting role alongside Richie Smallwood, but given neither men have been since since the first half of the Ipswich game, then he might have reservations about selecting them. He may choose to change formation and play someone up with Danny Ward, particularly if Leon Best is fit, or he could play Tony Andreu in the hole behind Ward. What would you do? Pick your starting XI here and share on Facebook or Twitter.

Flash in the pan for Danny Ward

One of the best things about the win over Hull was the emergence of Danny Ward. He was outstanding in the lone striking role as he caused the Tigers no end of problems with his presence, pace and mobility. The former Huddersfield man had shown glimpses of his quality at the back end of last season but has struggled to do it consistently amid a string of injuries. But now is the time for Ward to show why he is rated so highly by his manager and team-mates on a regular basis, starting against Bolton. The 25-year-old has to put in the same manner of performance as against Hull, terrorising the visitors' back four with his energy and athleticism. If he can do that and the goals start to follow, the Millers could have a real talent on their hands.

Boxing Day cheer

Rotherham have had it tough in the second tier during their last two stints there, but one thing they have always done well at is picking up results on Boxing Day. In four games during the early 2000s and current spell, the Millers are yet to be beaten on the day after Christmas having won three and drawn one. After the 01/02 game against Burnley was victim of the weather, Ronnie Moore's side won games against Preston (02/03), Wigan (03/04) and Leicester (04/05). Then last year, they maintained their unbeaten run in unlikely fashion as they scored two goals in the final two minutes to come from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Huddersfield. The Millers will be hoping they can add to that on Saturday, to end their Christmas celebrations in style.

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