Rotherham United: Richard Wood column ... Millers defender on Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Morecambe and the dreaded initiation for new boys

The gaffer was right to be displeased after Morecambe
The gaffer was right to be displeased after Morecambe

Where do I start this week?

We are not even a week into the new season and the highs and lows of football are certainly in full swing.

The opening game against Wolves was a great start to the campaign. The atmosphere and buzz inside New York Stadium rubbed off on the team, and we started the game really well. In the first half an hour, we played some great football and, after gaining a two-goal advantage, it was disappointing to not hold on for the three points.

With quite a few lads making their debuts and the Millers playing a different style of football to previous years, confidence and optimism for the season remain in place after matchday one.

On Tuesday night in the EFL Cup, however, it was simply not good enough.

With no disrespect to Morecombe, who performed really well, we should be winning those types of football matches. The manager’s comments after the game were spot on and as a team we can not let a performance like that happen again.

We weren’t the only casualties in the cup on Tuesday as there were a lot of other teams losing to lower-league opposition. A strange stat also occurred where all the local sides lost.

Football conjures up these peaks and troughs, and it must be torture for fans, but as professionals we need to quickly put that game to bed, analyse what went wrong and move on to the next game. Luckily, playing in the Championship, the next game is always round the corner, and what better way to blank Tuesday night from memory than to play at Villa Park?

The opening two games have given the Millers fans a chance to see first hand our recent additions to the squad.

Will Vaulks certainly caught the eye with a cracking debut goal. It was no fluke. He has a great strike on him and repeatedly does it in training.

The new signings have settled into the squad well so far, but we’ll see what they’re made of when they have to perform an initiation song on their first away trip. I have been at a few different clubs now and have had to sing on my first away trip with all of them.

When I signed for Crawley on loan in the 14/15 season, it was all very last minute. I’d travelled down to Wolves on the Friday with Rotherham but found out at the hotel I could sign for Crawley, who were playing at Swindon the next day.

I drove straight down to a hotel near Swindon where the team were staying and got there around 7pm just in time for the evening meal.

I walked in the hotel wearing my Rotherham tracksuit, said ‘hello’ to all the players while sitting down to eat some food.

The next minute, I’m stood on my chair belting out Oasis’s ‘Wonderwall’, and not very well, to a set of lads I’d only just met!

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