Aston Villa vs Rotherham: Time to settle down
Aston Villa’s Championship campaign didn’t get off the greatest of starts, losing 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday in a competitive affair.
Both sides enjoyed spells of dominance and it just so happened that on the day, Wednesday came away with the victory .
A defeat, and one against one of the strongest teams in the division is not bad news. The positives will be built on, and the negatives, well, Aly Cissokho isn’t going to be first choice down the left and Villa will probably sign a new right back too.
But moving forward, Aston Villa need to settle down in this division and pick up some early points.
Coming up next is the perfectly opportunity for the Claret and Blues to do so, as they welcome Rotherham United to Villa Park.
But first, check out what happened the last time the two sides met: The last time we met Aston Villa and Rotherham have not found themselves in the same division since the 1971/2 season, though the two sides last met in a competitive game just three years ago.
In August 2013, Villa welcomed Rotherham to Villa Park for a Capital One Cup third round clash. Back then, Villa were in the Premier League, and Rotherham in League One. The (then) gulf in class showed, as Villa eased to a 3-0 win .
To be fair to Villa manager Paul Lambert, he didn’t underestimate the opposition, fielding a strong lineup. With the exception of Jed Steer in goal, the Villa side was a full strength side. Rotherham too had a strong side out, but fell victim to goals.
Rotherham got off to a decent start to their season, albeit against an easier opponent than the Sheffield Wednesday that Villa played. Saying that, Rotherham threw away a two goal lead against ten man Wolves, so it wasn’t a terribly impressive result, all things considered. But still, the Millers will fancy their chances I’m sure.
Striker Danny Ward, new signing Will Vaulks and Irish Midfield duo Anthony Forde and Lee Frecklington will be the ones to watch for Rotherham, though Villa should have enough about them to nullify their opposition’s offense. Keeper Lee Camp is a Championship journeyman, and hopefully, Villa can keep him busy.