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Preview: Rotherham United v Burnley

2 October 2015

Burnley suffered their first home defeat of the season against Reading last weekend and head to the New York Stadium for the first time in their history looking for a return to winning ways.

Despite a dominant spell in the second-half that saw Tendayi Darikwa pull a back goal back, the Clarets paid for the opening ten minutes of the game in which Nick Blackman and Lucas Piazon netted for the visitors.

Meanwhile, it’s been a week of change at Rotherham United. On Monday, the Millers parted company with manager Steve Evans despite two successive wins over Cardiff City and Birmingham City.

They will be led by interim boss Eric Black as they look to continue their recent form. They have made an identical start to last season, when they had 8 points from their opening 9 games.

Burnley: WWWDL

Rotherham United: LDLWW

21-year-old striker Jonson Clarke-Harris is likely to be a key player this season for the Millers this season after a positive start.

He became Coventry City’s youngest ever player when he appeared for the Sky Blues in the League Cup before loan spells at Bury, Peterborough United and Oldham Athletic.

At the latter of those temporary clubs, he collected the young player of the year and already has three goals to his name this season.

Burnley (Grant 11’, Sinclair 14’) 2-1 Rotherham United

Burnley: Jensen, Sinclair, McGreal, Cahill, Camara, Grant, Hyde, Oster, Whittingham (Branch 70), Valois (Moore 79), Bowditch (Roche 84).

Subs Not Used: Coyne, Duff.

Rotherham: Pollitt, Scott, Gilchrist, Barker, Hurst, Griffit (Keane 45), McLaren, Vernazza, Campbell-Ryce, Warne, Hoskins (Mullin 69).

Subs Not Used: Montgomery, Newsham, Minto.

Attendance: 10,539

Sean Dyche has confirmed that Andre Gray has trained with the group this week and, barring a late setback, will be available for tonight’s game.

Joey Barton is in contention for a start after making his first appearance for the club off the bench against Reading.

Fredrik Ulvestad featured in the U21 Premier League Cup win over Wigan Athletic and has trained with the first-team this week.

Dean Marney and Kevin Long are continuing their return from cruciate ligament injuries and won’t be considered for the trip to the New York Stadium.

In the opposition camp, club captain Lee Frecklington could miss out after suffering a tweak to the calf injury sustained at Charlton Athletic in training this week.

Peter Bankes will take charge of Friday’s televised Sky Bet Championship fixture against Rotherham United.

The official has been in charge of 10 games in the 2015/16 season so far, producing 42 yellow cards and no red cards.

This will be the first time Bankes has ever taken charge of a fixture involving the Clarets.

Mr Bankes will be assisted by Mr J Mainwaring and Mr D Plowright and Fourth Official Mr M Heywood.

Sean Dyche on the situation at Rotherham: “It’s a scenario I’ve been through before going into different games and now they’ve got a chance for them to change things and we’ll have to be ready for that.

“But we know their players, we’ve given our players the guidance on what they’re about. Of course, there is a chance they might change the tactical format and playing style.

“We’re as ready as we can be as ever and when the whistle blows the players will be ready to go I can assure you of that.”

Eric Black: “I have to ensure that when they hit the training ground that they do the proper work and get the preparation that is needed to win football games,” Black told

“To be fair, they’ve focused and worked really hard on the training ground and we hope to see the dividends.”

Burnley have been made favourites at 19/10 with Sky Bet to beat Rotherham although their form has dipped a little in the last two games with a draw and a defeat to follow four straight victories.

Rotherham are 21/10 with the draw 9/4 as the Millers seek a third win on the trot.

Defender Michael Keane is the current topscorer in the Sky Bet Championship for the Clarets and is 12/1 to score first and 4/1 to add to his tally at some stage in proceedings.

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