Millers can’t take County for granted

Debut: Ian Thomas-Moore should feature for Rotherham against bottom side Stockport
Debut: Ian Thomas-Moore should feature for Rotherham against bottom side Stockport
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THE warning will be out to take nothing for granted but Rotherham United appear to have the perfect opportunity to get themselves back on track in the League Two race for automatic promotion.

Defeat at Stevenage on Tuesday was a third on the trot for Rotherham and they haven’t won in four games.

In addition, Tuesday’s defeat took Rotherham out of the three automatic promotion places where they had been since the 5-0 win over Port Vale on New Year’s Day.

Tomorrow’s opposition is Stockport County who this week dropped to the bottom of the table and continue to ship goals at an alarming rate - indeed they average over two goals against per game having conceded 61 in their 27 matches so far.

Rotherham could simply not hope for more accommodating opposition except they will be well aware of their very recent memory of the clash at Edgeley Park just four games ago.

Stockport had lost 5-0 at home to Gillingham just three days earlier and in the first 20 minutes of that game were there to be taken - except Rotherham couldn’t.

Midway through the second half, Stockport were in front and suddenly finding reserves of confidence, heart and ability that simply hadn’t been evident earlier on.

In the end, Rotherham squeezed out a 3-3 draw thanks to two goals in the last five minutes - and had it lasted a few minutes longer, would most likely have won it.

The fact they were able to get a point was considerably aided by a penalty save from Andy Warrington in the first half.

But Stockport’s improvement that night was a perfect example of the transformation players can undertake when they get a sniff of a result.

Since that night Stockport have had two matches against relegation rivals - and they lost 3-0 at Hereford and then went down 4-3 at home to Lincoln last Saturday.

Quite clearly there will be little room for excuse for the Millers if they don’t get back on the winning trail.

In addition, it looks a good opportunity for Adam Le Fondre to find his scoring boots again and also some form.

He hasn’t scored in the last six games, his longest run for Rotherham without a goal, and his form recently hasn’t seen him at his best.

It will see the debut of Ian Thomas-Moore, the manager’s son, who signed yesterday for an undisclosed fee.

His experience and nous - not forgetting an eye for goal - will add something significant, one imagines, and may also help Le Fondre end his goal famine.