It may be the season of goodwill - but manager Steve Evans is in no mood to ease up as Rotherham United look to consolidate their play-off place.
The Millers, only promoted to League One earlier this year, went into the Christmas period firmly in the play-off mix ahead of festive fixtures away to Bradford [Boxing Day] and Port Vale [December 29].
“The lads were on the training ground every day up to Christmas, and will be there every day up to our visit to Port Vale,” Evans said.
“Preparation is vital, and we will be thorough in everything we do.
“This was always going to be a vital period for us and I maintain if we are in or around the play-offs after our match with Coventry City [on January 1] then we give ourselves every chance of fighting to be in there come April.”
“We have some great matches ahead of us,” Evans added, “and 2014 is really something to look forward to.
“No-one gave us a chance of competing for a play-off place back in August, and maybe some still don’t now.
“But together, we can achieve our objectives. The progress since I arrived 18 months ago has been superb, but there is still a long way to go.
“But the journey promises to be a great one.”
Evans has promised to make changes to his side, after their 3-3 draw with Wolves at the New York Stadium.
The thrilling draw was played at a great tempo, with players on both sides giving their all, and Michael O’Connor - who appeared as a second-half substitute against Kenny Jackett’s Wolves - could be handed a start against either Bradford or Port Vale.
Joe Skarz and Rob Milsom are also back to full fitness, and Evans said: “The injury situation is looking as positive as it has been all season, and I will be making a few changes to the starting line-up from the Wolves game.”