Rotherham United: Past deeds inspire Millers survival confidence

Lee Frecklington
Lee Frecklington

Midfield man Lee Frecklington believes Rotherham United can use their promotion experiences of the past two seasons to win their battle against relegation this year.

The Millers, who are five points clear of the Championship drop zone, produced storming finishes to their 2013 and 2014 campaigns to climb out of League Two and League One.

The 29-year-old, back in the side and playing well after a double hernia operation, says they can draw on their previous run-ins to make sure they’re a second-tier outfit again next season.

“We can take confidence from the last couple of years. We know we can finish a season strongly,” he said.

“Confidence isn’t something we lack. We believe we can stay up and we believe we are good enough to get the points. But it’s all right saying that, you’ve got to put in the performances on the pitch to prove that.”

Steve Evans’ men have no match this weekend because of the international break and return to action for the Easter weekend double-header of Birimingham City away and Brighton at home.

Frecklington, a stand-out performer in both promotion seasons, is enjoying a run in the side and glad to finally put his troubles behind him.

“I’ve been injured and I’ve been suspended and it’s been stop-start,” he said. “There are seven games left now, and I want to get a run of all seven games and try to get back to how I was in previous years.

“I’ve been very frustrated this season. I’ve done well in some games, in others I’ve not done as well as I’d have liked.”

Meanwhile, skipper Craig Morgan says the Millers never thought the derby with Sheffield Wednesday was won despite them leading 2-1 with three minutes of normal time to play.

“No, not at all. There was a long injury and we knew there would be a lot of injury time. I didn’t think that much, to be honest, but you have to play to the end of the game,” he said.

Two goals in timed added on gave the Owls a 3-2 victory.

“It was a good game,” Morgan added. “Both teams applied themselves brilliantly and went at each other.”

Rotherham are considering increasing the capacity at AESSEAL New York Stadium from 12,000 to 16,000.