Last visit to Cobblers left Millers limping

Turning point: Andy Scott says fightback can change season
Turning point: Andy Scott says fightback can change season
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From personal experience, Rotherham United will be taking absolutely no notice of the recent run of Northampton Town, the team they visit tomorrow.

The Cobblers have suffered four straight defeats, the latest on Tuesday was a demoralising 3-1 home defeat by Hereford who hadn’t won away up to then.

But Millers followers well recall their visit to Sixfields late last season, on Good Friday to be precise, when Northampton hadn’t won for 16 matches.

When Rotherham went in 2-0 up at half-time, it seemed inevitable that it would stretch to 17 and that Rotherham’s fading play-off hopes would be restored in the process.

However, the home side staged a storming comeback, out of all context with their earlier play, and snatched a 2-2 draw that could have been worse and might well have been so had the match gone on a few minutes longer.

It highlighted the inconsistency that often dogs teams at this level and Cobblers manager Gary Johnson, former Yeovil and Bristol City boss, admits his side is inconsistent. Rotherham will be aiming to put a halt to their own run which currently stands at nine without a win (eight of them in the league).

It represents the longest non-winning run since 14 matches, all league, were clocked up between Dec 2006 and March 2007.

It represents an important game for the Millers and an opportunity that they need to take to start their season heading upwards again.

Manager Andy Scott believed that half-time at Morecambe could represent a pivotal moment in the season - a moment when they could have crumbled or responded to a rollicking and to what was being asked of them.

The two draws, last Saturday against Shrewsbury and on Tuesday, stopped the rot of five successive defeats. But Scott knows they need to start winning again, having slipped to 13th and off the pace.

“The nature of the draw at Morecambe, coming from three down, made it feel like a win,” said Scott. “We realised we got close to a beating and very close to a terrific win.

“But it showed how good they can be when doing things right and playing to their potential.

“We have to start picking up more points from more games.”

They travel tomorrow having conceded, along with Plymouth, 19 goals in their eight away games - the worst in the division.

“We need some clean sheets,” says Scott. “They mean you have a tough side mentally, one that wants to keep the ball out of the net. We set a target for clean sheets - but we are nowhere near it.”

They have managed two all season and none in the last 11 matches.

Northampton have won only once in their nine home games in all competitions - they beat Dagenham 2-1.