D3D4 Rotherham United Correspondent Ian Bradley is frustrated at his Miller’s poor showing on the road and is hoping it won’t de-rail their promising season so far…
In Rotherham’s recent 1-0 win at Rochdale, manager Paul Warne criticised the travelling Millers fan’s chant at their Dale counterparts “How s**t must you be? We’re winning away!” but in truth the Millers faithful have a valid point.
If the club, currently still 4th in League 1 want to maintain a challenge to return to the Championship at the first attempt, the measly return of just 6 points( 1-0 wins at Pompey & Rochdale) from 7 matches away from home, 6 points from an available 21, must be addressed. Compare the woeful away form to the Millers record at their New York Stadium home where they have won 6 out of 7 games with just one defeat (0-2 v Charlton) scoring 21 goals compared to just 3 goals scored away from home and you get the distinctive picture of polarising form. It is a kin to having two different teams and the reason for this difference is a bit of a mystery.
You could argue that it is a mentality issue where the players play within themselves when away from home but the strange thing is that you often get this reversed. How often do you see a home side struggling to perform in front of their own fans where they are under more pressure? Keiffer Moore certainly doesn’t feel the pressure at home where he has scored all but one of his 10 goals so far.
Up next is an away fixture at Oxford United, a club that have been improving in recent games following a blip during September and it will be interesting to see how the Millers play. Let’s hope they put in a performance that Mirrors their home form.
To the average Millers fan the frustrating thing is that on numerous occasions at home this season they have attacked the opposition at will & dished out some hammerings to half decent teams whilst away from home the side seem to concentrate more on stopping the opposition playing rather than imposing their style of play on the opposition, being a fan is sooooo frustrating!!!!
words Ian Bradley, D3D4 Rotherham United Correspondent