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Eyes on the prize: Rotherham's Tom Newey wants promotion.    picture: steve ellis
Eyes on the prize: Rotherham's Tom Newey wants promotion. picture: steve ellis
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A DEFIANT Tom Newey is adamant Rotherham United will come through their sticky patch and be in contention for a top seven finish in League One.

The Millers slipped to 11th in the division in the wake of their 1-0 home defeat to Burton Albion and are aiming to halt a run of four successive losses in all competitions when they travel to Bristol Rovers on Friday night.

Three of the remaining four matches in October are away from the Don Valley Stadium but Newey insists Andy Scott’s side have all the ingredients to compete in the upper echelons of the league.

The left-back told The Star: “We have got the talent to challenge. If you look at our first seven to eight matches of the season, we were in the top three so there is no reason why we can’t get back up there. It is all about stringing three to four results together. If we can get two to three wins on the bounce, we can suddenly move up four or five places.

“It is an open division and I don’t think anyone stands out this year. Crawley and AFC Wimbledon have come up and done well but I don’t think anyone is going to run away with it. Consistency is the main thing at this level. The teams who are organised, disciplined and string the results together tend to do well.”

Having been criticised as a defensive unit by manager Andy Scott in recent weeks for conceding some sloppy goals, Newey accepts it is an area they have to rectify to mount a serious promotion challenge.

Newey said: “We are working very hard in training to put it right. It has not been easy because we have not had a settled back four.

“Saying that, it is not just the back four; it is the team. There were some individual errors we made at Port Vale and against Sheffield United but these things happen. No one means to make a mistake but we have to try and cut them out. I am very confident with the squad that we have got that we can turn the corner quickly.”

An alarming statistic for Millers followers is that they have recorded just two clean sheets in 14 outings this term. Those shut outs came at home to Oxford United and Gillingham.