Big defender Miles Addison has underlined the importance of Rotherham United improving their home form in 2014, starting against Crawley Town tomorrow.
Steve Evans troops have taken 18 points from a possible 39 at the New York Stadium, a tally Addison recognises the Millers need to rectify if they are to seal a top-six spot. Eight of Rotherham’s 12 League One wins have come on the road.
Despite their troubles at home, Evans men occupy the final play-off position. They slipped a place in the table, though, in the wake of Peterborough United’s midweek victory over Notts County.
Addison, on loan from Bournemouth until the end of the season, has told The Star: “If we can improve our home form, we will be in the play-offs. That’s in black and white. We have worked so hard to get into this position now with just under half of the season to go so the aim has to be the play-offs and we will take it from there. Our home form is the big thing which is letting us down. We should be making this place a fortress.”
When pressed on why Rotherham have struggled to pick up maximum points on a consistent basis on their own turf, Addison said: “There is more pressure sometimes playing at home. We found that at Bournemouth.
“There is just added pressure on you at home and sometimes it is not always embraced but hopefully in the second half of the season we can start getting positive results home and away.”
The 25-year-old marshalled Rotherham’s depleted defence expertly at Shrewsbury Town last weekend, playing a pivotal role in Evans men recording a clean sheet. On his Millers debut, Addison could not stop the side from shipping in two goals against lowly Crewe Alexandra.
“Rotherham play a completely different style from what we had at Bournemouth where we were renowned for passing the ball,” conceded Addison, who has previously stated he would be open to a permanent switch. With Bournemouth, it was normally slow attacks whereas Rotherham seems high tempo and look to get in opponents faces when they attack and defend.
“Rotherham attack in a lot of numbers and the defence is left quite exposed so I’ve got to adapt to that.
“I’ve got to try and organise the boys as best as I can and help them keep clean sheets.”