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Rotherham United midfielder Joe Newell believes Leeds United are there for the taking

Rotherham United's Joe Newell (L) in action with Newcastle United's Jack Colback

The Millers midfielder is hopeful the club can win the game against Leeds.

Rotherham United midfielder Joe Newell is optimistic that his struggling Millers side can get the win against local rivals Leeds United this weekend – believing their good record against the club gives them an edge.

The midfielder was speaking to Radio Yorkshire Daily when he had this to say about the clash with seventh placed Leeds United at the New York Stadium:

Rotherham United's Joe Newell (L) in action with Newcastle United's Jack ColbackRotherham United's Joe Newell (L) in action with Newcastle United's Jack Colback

“Massive obviously it’s a local derby as well there’s a bit more to it.

“Leeds always bring a good following and I’m sure it will be a near full house. Everyone’s buzzing.

“Definitely (it’s there for the talking) we won there last season and won at home as well. We need a good start and give the crowd something to cheer early on hopefully it will make it a tough place for them to come and hopefully we’ll come out on top.”

Joe Newell of Rotherham United in action with Craig Noone (L) and Kagisho Dikgacoi of Cardiff CityJoe Newell of Rotherham United in action with Craig Noone (L) and Kagisho Dikgacoi of Cardiff City

Rotherham certainly got the better of Leeds last term. They won at home in April 2-1 thanks to a last minute penalty from Greg Halford after some calamitous defending from the Leeds defence.

They also beat Leeds 1-0 at Elland Road in a game that Newell will remember well, seeing as he scored the winning goal, and in which Gaetano Berardi and Leon Best were both sent off.

In fact, there were two red cards in both meetings so expect indiscipline in this clash.

Leeds will be confident they can get the better of Rotherham in the fixture considering their current standings in the Championship table.

But Rotherham will be a battle if their previous clashes are anything to go by.

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