After a disappointing ending to last season, not helped by our continued exile from our home town… things are finally looking up. Plans for the new Rotherham United Stadium are underway and more importantly things on the pitch are going in our favour. Opening proceedings with a 1-0 home victory at the Don Valley Stadium against a resilient Oxford United side was just what the millers needed. Plenty of new faces on view mixed with some of the old provided an entertaining game, which ultimately I feel we deserved to take all three points. The winning goal in that game provided by debutant Lewis Grabban, who joined over the summer from Andy Scott’s former club Brentford. Hopefully this will be the first of many for a player who looks to have a promising future for the millers.
Winning your opening game can provide the sort of lift you need when facing a long trip to the South West the following week. The hosts on this occasion Plymouth Argyle, who are facing plenty of their own problems off the pitch. unfortunately something in the modern game which has become more frequent, which us millers are certainly no strangers to ourselves. Ultimately from my experience, the football continues with the games coming thick and fast. You can only hope for a speedy resolution.
The Millers successfully carried the momentum to the South West and came away with a resounding 4-1 win. Two goals from another new signing Gareth Evans, and two from Adam Le Fondre securing another three points. I was unfortunately unable to attend this game, although I am reliably informed that 232 Millers did make the long gruelling trip.
All in all a prefect start to the season, leaving us at this very early stage top of the league with only 44 games remaining. Joking aside the performances look very encouraging, which is the main thing to be looking at two games in to a new season. The already mentioned Lewis Grabban and Gareth Evans look promising acquisitions along with midfielder Danny Schofield brought in from Millwall, who has shown excellent skill and composure so far.
Most of the talk at the moment is concerning our longstanding number ten, Adam Le Fondre. He has so far been linked with several clubs including local rivals Sheffield Wednesday and nearby Scunthorpe. Speculation has surrounded ‘Alfie’ for some time now, but as long as he is putting the ball in the back of the net in a red shirt I don’t mind. Recently singled out for praise by manager Andy Scott for putting in a higher work rate since the start of the new season, its easy to see where the praise has come from. His work rate from the front has been an inspiration to the rest of the side, rewarded this week with a brace against Plymouth Argyle. Adam Le Fondre will score goals wherever he goes in my opinion, he is a natural finisher with an ability supported by his own goal scoring record.
Praise has to go to Andy Scott for the way he has handled himself so far, in both the recruitment of new players and the handling of the ones already on the books. After the sacking of Ronnie Moore last season the club needed some re-direction in my eyes, and so far Scott seems to be fitting the bill. Ronnie Moore will always be held in high regard by Rotherham United supporters for his past achievements with the club, but the club was crying out for a fresh outlook.
In more news, the building work on the new Stadium has now started and the Millers should be set to move in to the new stadium for the start of the 2012/13 season. This day can’t come soon enough in my opinion, as it is vital that football is brought back in to Rotherham. This should attract new supporters and bring back old supporters who have been unwilling/unable to travel to the Don Valley Stadium.
So……. top of the league!!!! Things are looking up.
Up The Millers!
Written by Neil Morris, We Are Going Up’s Rotherham United Blogger
Neil tweets at @NeilMorris_