Tomorrow Reading look to continue their unbeaten start in the Championship with a home game against Rotherham United.

Below we look at what you should know about the Millers ahead of the fixture.

Recent Background

Paul Warne’s Rotherham are the personification of a yo-yo team. Since their return to the Championship in 2014/15, they have been promoted or relegated four times, most recently last season in second place.

Looking back further, the side have frequently appeared across all three tiers of the Football League, but have never graced the top-flight.

Despite league mediocrity, the club do have some cup pedigree, reaching Round Five of the FA Cup, in both 1953 and 1968, whilst they were League Cup runners-up in 1961.

This season the club sit 17th, with a win on the opening day and three draws giving them six points from six games.

Key Players

With the club seemingly content to bounce between the second and third tiers, the club rarely splash cash on players. This has resulted in the squad being fairly unchanged from that which was relegated from the Championship in 2018/19.

Their first choice goalkeeper is the much-travelled Jamal Blackman, who joined on loan from Chelsea. The former England youth goalkeeper is now 26 and has had eight loan spells away from Stamford Bridge since turning professional in 2012.

The back line is relatively unchanged, with Michael Ihiekwe, Richard Wood and Billy Jones all playing in the clubs last season at this level, however Wes Harding joined from Birmingham City in the summer as has slotted in at full-back.

A midfield three of Matt Crooks, Dan Barlaser and Shaun McDonald have plenty of experience at both Championship and League One level, with McDonald in particular having never played outside of the two leagues.

A front three of Ben Wiles, Freddie Ladapo and Mickel Miller is the most used forward line, none of which have been seen at this level of football previous but all have enough pedigree to suggest that they could cause teams problems.


The two sides are regular opponents, having played 47 times.

The first meeting was a 4-1 win for Rotherham in Division Three in 1969.

The last meeting was in February 2019, a 1-1 draw the Madejski, while the away game that season was also a 1-1 draw in South Yorkshire.

Overall Reading have won 21 times, drawn 16 and lost 10.

The Royals’ last defeat was in April 2015, a 2-1 win which confirmed Steve Evans’ team a place in the Championship for the following season.


According to SkyBet, Reading are 21/20 to win and remain top of the league; a draw is 12/5 and an away win is 13/5.