Rotherham United: Millers are up for tough tests

Joe Skarz
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Life is tough in the Championship, and Rotherham United’s players wouldn’t have it any other way.

The promoted Millers are in the second week of the international break after making an encouraging start to their campaign in the second tier.

Left-back Joe Skarz revealed: “It’s been a tough first month and we’ve played some good teams.

“But all the lads can say they’ve really enjoyed it and we can’t wait for more.”

Rotherham were ready for a break after a hectic schedule, but now Saturday’s clash at AFC Bournemouth can’t come soon enough

“It’s been Tuesday-Saturday all the way through with us progressing in the Capital One Cup before losing to Swansea,” Skarz added.

“The Championship is a real step up from League One, which was a tough league in itself last season.

“Obviously, from the grounds to the clubs you’re playing against and the playing budgets they’ve got, it’s a completely different level. You have teams like Nottingham Forest who have spent £5.5 million on a striker so you’re playing against these types of players.

“It’s good. It’s really enjoyable. We worked for nearly 50 games last season to get this opportunity.”

The Millers have six points from their opening five matches but that figure could have been doubled as they were the better team against Watford and Brentford before suffering unlucky losses.

Skarz said: “We feel we should have few more points on the board than we’ve actually got at the minute, but if we keep playing and training hard, like we are doing, then I’m sure they will come.

“There’ll be no team working as hard as we do.

“You do need a good run but that’s easier said than done. You look at all the results in the Championship and anyone can beat anybody. That’s the nature of all divisions now in England.

“We’d like to get a few consecutive wins but it’s still early days and it’s still really tight.”

After Saturday’s match at Bournemouth, Rotherham embark on a spell of seven successive matches against teams who have played in the Premier. Bolton (away) next Tuesday is followed by Charlton (home), Ipswich (a), Blackburn (h), Norwich (a), Leeds (h) and Fulham (a).

Meanwhile, Rotherham centre-half Kari Arnason, who has started the season in fine form, is in the Iceland squad which plays Turkey tonight in a Euro 2016 qualifier.