City strengthened for visit of Rotherham

Last updated : 12 October 2004 By Michael Morris
Lennie Lawrence will have more players to choose from this weekend as City look to improve their standing near the foot of the Championship.

City face fellow strugglers Rotherham at Ninian Park on Saturday before going to the footballing graveyard that is the Withdean Stadium, Brighton on Tuesday.

City have been to Brighton's temporary home three times and lost each match to nil.

First up is Rotherham. Back comes Alan Lee and Graham Kavanagh from suspension and Rhys Weston has said he is fit. Lennie is hoping Robert Page and Stuart Fleetwood will also be in contention.

Alan Lee is expected to return to the starting line up to replace Andy Campbell. Will Campbell make the bench even? With Fleetwood hopefully back to fitness and the positive contribution from Cameron Jerome against Leeds Campbell may well struggle to get back into the team. Lee of course facing his former team-mates while Chris Barker will be playing against his brother Richie. Lennie's main choice is whether to bring Graham Kavanagh back into the team. Gary O'Neil and Willie Boland both played well against Leeds but will Lennie put his captain on the bench?

Rhys Weston may have to be patient with a place on the bench after the solid form of Darren Williams.

Still out are longer term injured players Gary Croft, Martyn Margetson and Richard Langley.

City could possibly choose from

Warner, Alexander, Barker, Vidmar, Gabbidon, Collins, Williams, Weston, Page, Robinson, Parry, McAnuff, Kavanagh, Boland, O'Neil, Bullock, Thorne, Lee, Campbell, Fleetwood, Jerome.

At this early stage I would guess towards

Warner, Williams, Gabbidon, Vidmar, Barker, McAnuff, Boland, O'Neil, Parry, Thorne, Lee. Subs from Alexander, Weston, Collins, Page - if fit, Bullock, Robinson, Kavanagh, Campbell, Jerome, Fleetwood - if fit.

With no home win since August 10th and no goals and only 1 point in the 5 games since then I expect City to do the business this Saturday.