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Still very much at the forefront of the race for automatic promotion, a five-game winning run came to an end for Rotherham last time out, as they fell to a 1-0 loss at Accrington.
The Millers were undone by Sean McConville‘s 75th-minute strike for the Lancashire side, which also saw the club’s record unbeaten streak brought to a conclusion after a commendable 21 league and cup games.
Indeed, Paul Warne‘s men had previously tasted defeat back in August, but they nonetheless remain a point clear at the summit of the League One standings.
Rotherham had, in fact, been due to turn out again in midweek, but their fixture against Lincoln City was postponed because of several COVID-19 cases arising within the Imps’ squad.
Boasting the division’s most productive attack – averaging almost two goals per game – and also owners of the best defensive record, the South Yorkshire outfit have been promoted from the third tier twice in the past four seasons, so have a great deal of experience to aid them through the second half of the current campaign.
Their next obstacle on the long road back to the Championship sees Warne and company meet a side which they managed to beat 2-0 earlier this term, despite having less than a third of the ball and facing 19 shots on goal. They will hope, then, for a repeat of that scoreline on Saturday if not the performance.
To date, Rotherham have been fortunate to escape the illness and injury that has beset many other clubs, and the hosts currently have a clean bill of health – offering Paul Warne the opportunity to select his strongest side.
Top scorer Michael Smith and nine-goal partner Freddie Ladapo are set to lead the line for the Millers, with Republic of Ireland winger Chiedozie Ogbene providing some width on the right.
Meanwhile, a back three of Michael Ihiekwe, Wes Harding and Richard Wood is likely to be selected as the rearguard of a 3-1-4-2 formation.
By contrast with his opposite number, Bolton boss Ian Evatt has been particularly hard hit by the latest wave of the pandemic, and it remains to be seen how many players he will have at his disposal to start 2022.
A total of 18 positive tests within the club means that not all of those affected will be fit to return, while Josh Sheehan and Lloyd Isgrove are long-term injury absentees.
However, full-back Gethin Jones (leg) and forward Amadou Bakayoko (hamstring) are nearing returns and could possibly feature on the bench, as first-choice striker Eoin Doyle seeks to end his lean spell in front of goal.
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Rotherham United possible starting lineup:
Johansson; Harding, Wood, Ihiekwe; Barlaser; Ogbene, Ferguson, Rathbone, Wiles; Smith, Ladapo
Bolton Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Dixon; Gordon, Baptiste, Johnston, John; Williams, Lee; Afololayan, Thomason, Kachunga; Doyle