New signing Reece James believes Christmas is the perfect time for Rotherham United to end their barren spell.
The Millers haven’t won for nine matches and have scored just one goal in seven, but they are unbeaten in the last three games after manager Steve Evans adopted a new pass-and-move approach.
And James, the loan left-back from Manchester United, believes they can come good in the three Championship clashes over the festive period.
“I think they’re good games to be going into,” said 21-year-old James
“They’re against teams in and around us, so hopefully this can be the start of when we get three points and start scoring the goals.”
Evans’ men are at Wigan Athletic on Saturday before entertaining Huddersfield on Boxing Day and then making the trip to Blackpool on December 28. All three sides are below them or near them in the table.
The Millers have looked a different outfit since Evans brought in James and fellow loan signings Tom Lawrence, Scott Wootton and Emmanuel Ledesma and discarded the long-ball game.
James added: “It’s very enjoyable to be playing in this team. With the under-21s at Manchester United I’m taught to play football, to keep the ball, not to go long and force things. I’ve come here and the manager is encouraging us to do things like that. It’s more enjoyable like that rather than having to go long and work off second balls.”
Boss Evans said: “It’s a huge period now and I don’t see it being any different in January or in February. We’ve made such staggering progress in two years and we’re working extremely hard to make sure that progress settles and continues.”
The Millers played some slick attacking football against Nottingham Forest last Saturday and deserved more than a point for their efforts in a 0-0 draw.
“I look forward to going to Wigan,”Evans said, “When you play like that (against Forest), you look forward to playing anywhere. I look forward to watching these kids in training.”