Cardiff City v Rotherham United. Match Preview.

Last updated : 15 October 2004 By Matthew Gabb
The 0 - 0 draw with Leeds seems a very long time ago now and we are finally back to league action with a vital game against Rotherham United.

Twelve games into the season and the Millers are the only team to have a worse time of things than us, with no wins on the board at all. They will also be looking at this game as an opportunity to pull themselves back out of the mire.

City will have seen several players return from international duty this week, and Irish duo Kavanagh and Lee will be available for selection again after missing the Leeds game through suspension.

The under fire City boss Lennie Lawrence knows that this game is a "must win" match, and will for the first time in a while have some selection problems.

I'm presuming that Tony Warner will continue in goal, but the back 4 is less clear cut. Vidmar will have just made the long trip back from Australia where he scored in a 6-0 win against the Solomon Islands. He's been playing poorly of late, and with James Collins' good performance in the week against Poland the choice is there to be made. After Gabbidon's excellent displays for Wales he will no doubt play alongside whoever is chosen. Full backs - Chris Barker and Darren Williams both look set to keep their places despite Rhys Weston's return to full fitness.

In midfield, there is a selection headache with Boland, Kavanagh and O'Neil all vying for the central positions. McAnuff to continue on the right and probably Parry on the left, unless Lawrence goes for a "lop sided" midfield as he is prone to do.

Up front, with ex-Rotherham man Alan Lee back into the frame I would expect him to start with Thorne. After Campbell's lack lustre performance against Leeds surely Lawrence won't persist with him.

All in all it's a massive match for the Bluebirds. A win would see us pull out of the bottom three if other results go our way. Anything less than that would confirm that this season is going to be nothing but a long hard slog against relegation.

Tickets are available right up to kick off tomorrow, and after the fantastic support shown for the team against Leeds we will need more of the same against Rotherham.

Come on City!