Rotherham United: Richie Smallwood tips Millers revival

Richie Smallwood up against Fulham's Ross McCormack
Richie Smallwood up against Fulham's Ross McCormack

Richie Smallwood is convinced Rotherham United will soon start climbing the Championship table because of the glut of goalscoring opportunities they are creating.

The Millers went into the international break in bottom spot with one point from five matches.

But the 24-year-old midfielder said: “I’ve seen enough to think we can turn it round.

“In every game, we have had three or four good, good chances. Not half-chances, really good chances.

“I think if we can start taking them, then we’ll have some good results. The goals we’ve conceded, we can obviously stop them.”

Rotherham are a new-look side this season after 15 summer signings by boss Steve Evans, and Smallwood has been impressed by the additions to the squad which secured Championship survival last season.

“I think we’ve got a good team, a good squad. The players we have brought in have got good experience and good quality,” he said. “Some have played in the Premier League and a lot are experienced at this level as well. We’re strong.

“But goals change games and we’re just not sticking our chances in the net at the minute. Maybe there’s still some gelling to be done. All the new lads seem to have settled well. They’re living not to far away, they’re settled, so I don’t really see that being a problem.”

“The mood is still positive, definitely. It’s early days in the season and we’re all wanting to pull in the right direction. I’m sure we’ll do that.

“We have had some very good chances. At the times we’ve had them, had we been sticking them away the whole game would have changed and maybe the results would have been different.”

Lee Camp

Lee Camp

Meanwhile, new signing Lee Camp believes he has what it takes to make his mark in the second tier.

The goalkeeper, who was with Premier League Bournemouth, has joined the Millers on a two-year deal and is in line to make his debut in Saturday’s match at Charlton.

“I think I’ve proved over the years I can perform at Championship level,” said the 31-year-old who has played for the Cherries and Derby County as well as having a long spell at Nottingham Forest.

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Lee Frecklington

Lee Frecklington

The Northern Ireland international wasn’t short of options, but a combination of manager Evans and AESSEAL New York Stadium convinced him that his future lay with Rotherham.

“Once I got in front of the manager and he showed me about the place, this was the place I was going to be,” he said.

Midfielder Frecklington says actions will speak louder than words now he has been named skipper in place of utility man Greg Halford.

“I think I am a ‘lead by example’ type of captain,” he revealed. “I’m not a screamer and shouter.

“Hopefully people can look at my attitude and how I train every day and it can rub off on everybody.

“The captaincy is a huge privilege and a great honour. It means you’re thought of highly by the people at the club and that’s a nice personal achievement.”