BY their own admission, Rotherham United have produced two different types of performance this week although both had the same end result.
They are likely to be asked for something a bit different again on Saturday although the same outcome will still be the aim.
They face Barnet at Don Valley and will seek a fourth straight win, something they haven’t done from the start of a season since 1998.
Whether they are able to win in the cavalier manner that they eventually did at Plymouth or grind out a result thanks to defensive resilience as at Crewe will register only minimally on the Andy Scott scale. He will simply want his side to build on the splendid start as the only 100 per centers in League Two.
Barnet, managed by Lawrie Sanchez, certainly won’t be underestimated. They’ve had a fair start after last season’s escape from the drop on the final day when they beat Port Vale to stay up and condemn Lincoln City to the Blue Square Premier. On opening day they won at Morecambe and after losing the opening home game to Port Vale, they twice caome from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Gillingham.
Back at the beginning of March, Barnet battled their way to a draw at the DVS at a time when they were second-bottom and Rotherham were fourth.
On that day, they battled their way to a point and Scott reflected on his side’s ability to do that in midweek at Gresty Road. “Sometimes you have to graft and be solid and organised and put your body on the line; not play great but get the result” said Scott.
“Those three points at Crewe were as good, if not better, than last Saturday at Plymouth. They were different types of performance but we could look back on these three at Crewe as being more important than a lot of others. I was proud of them. We had one or two just off their game but they all stuck at it. We could have buckled and lost it by three or four. But there’s a resilience and determination about the group. No one shone but everyone did a job.”