The Trent End

Spine of the team – Rotherham

Ahead of Tuesday night’s game against Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, we take a look at the spine of Paul Warne’s side…

Goalkeeper – Viktor Johansson

A commanding shot-stopper, Johansson has impressed after breaking into the Rotherham side following his transfer from Leicester in September. After spending his early career with his native Stuvsta and Hammarby, the Swedish ‘keeper moved to Aston Villa in 2015. Johansson went on a short-term loan spell to Alfreton, before joining the Foxes upon the expiry of his contract after failing to make a senior appearance at the Villains. He was a maintain in City’s Under 23s side which reached EFL Trophy quarter-final last season, but his time came at Leicester came to an end in the summer. Johansson made his Rotherham debut against Preston earlier in the campaign and has played a further eight times, keeping one clean sheet in the process.

Defender – Clark Robertson

Having started his career with Aberdeen, Robertson made his senior debut for his hometown club back in 2010 after coming through the youth system at The Dons. However, the former Scotland Under 21 international struggled to claim a regular first-team spot in the side and made just over 60 appearances in five seasons before moving to Blackpool. He hit the ground running at Bloomfield Road and was almost an ever-present in the 2016-17 promotion-winning team, as they beat Exeter in the play-off final. Robertson spent another campaign at the Tangerines before making the switch to Rotherham in summer 2018. The 27-year-old, who can play in the centre or at left-back, helped guide them back to the Championship last term and has clocked 11 appearances so far in 2020-21.

Midfielder – Lewis Wing

After making the loan move from Middlesbrough in January, Wing has made an instant impact at The Millers and will be looking to continue to impress in their fight for survival. Wing began his youth career with Darlington, but he decided to quit football to focus on getting his golf handicap following his release from The Quakers. The playmaker moved into non-league to revitalise his career and went on to play for a host of North East clubs before being scouted by Middlesbrough, for whom he signed a deal with in 2017. Despite spending a season out on loan at Yeovil, Wing quickly became a fans favourite on Teesside and has gone on to make 92 appearances, scoring 14 goals. However, he has found his minutes limited under Neil Warnock this season and moved to Rotherham to gain some valuable game time.

Forward – Michael Smith

A well-travelled striker, Smith has been a mainstay in the Rotherham team all season having featured in all but two of their Championship matches to date. Having began his career with Darlington, Smith had spells at Charlton, Accrington, Newport, Colchester, and Wimbledon before signing for Swindon in 2014. The 6ft 3in front-man scored a brace on his Robins debut and went on to bag a further 26 goals which earned him a transfer to Portsmouth. After a spell at Bury, Smith joined The Millers in January 2018 and was part of their play-off triumph that season as they beat Shrewsbury at Wembley. Smith is Rotherham’s top goalscorer in 2020-21 having netted seven times so far and will want to add more to his name as they look to avoid the drop.    

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