Rotherham United: Millers ace Richie Smallwood relishing Rams test

Richie Smallwood against Blackburn
Richie Smallwood against Blackburn

Richie Smallwood shrugged a first defeat in four matches to declare Rotherham United will be ready for the visit of promotion favourites Derby County.

The Millers face the high-flying Rams in the Championship at AESSEAL New York Stadium on Tuesday, having been edged out 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers four days ago.

The 24-year-old central midfielder sounded the battle-cry, saying: “We’ve been on a good run lately and we’ll carry it on against Derby.”

Steve Evans’ men were unlucky to lose at Ewood Park, fighting back from a goal down to level at 1-1 before Rovers’ Jordan Rhodes struck a late winner.

“We take confidence from the chances we were able to create,” Smallwood added.

“In every game there are some positives. There’s no point going into the next match with negative thoughts because that’s not the way it is. You have to stay positive.”

Before last Tuesday’s narrow defeat, Rotherham had beaten Bolton Wanderers and Ipswich Town and drawn at Charlton Athletic.

With no game today because of Derby’s FA Cup clash with Reading, the Millers have taken advantage of the fixture break to go away and train at top-class facility in the Midlands.

Evans said: “The venue has fantastic training pitches while we will also take advantage of spa and leisure facilities to give the players some vital down time with a crucial part of the season now upon us.”

Meanwhile, Jonson Clarke-Harris’s loan spell at MK Dons ends next week.

Evans has said there may be talks about an stadium:mk extension but ruled out the striker, 20, being loaned to various clubs for the rest of the season.