Rotherham United complete their pre-season preparations this afternoon against Barnsley at the New York Stadium and expect that it could be the toughest test of the lot.
“We booked ourselves in against four Championship sides (Bolton, Huddersfield, Middlesbrough, Barnsley) and we have seen the quality we have been up against so far,” said assistant manager Paul Raynor.
“But we wanted a test against good quality and we saw on Tuesday the step up because everyone saw how Middlesbrough popped the ball about, they had good movement and it was a real good workout and I felt we acquitted ourselves well.
“Now Barnsley come here, there’s a little added extra edge because they are one of our neighbours and they certainly like to pass the ball about. Plus it is their final game too so we can probably expect that bit extra from them.
“We’ve shown some pleasing signs although we don’t like losing or conceding goals even in friendlies. But if there’s things to iron out then let’s iron them out because this is what these games are for.”
Rotherham have had injury problems this week surrounding goalkeeper Scott Shearer (ankle) and Lee Frecklington (hip) and neither figured on Tuesday when winger David Worrall was taken off as a precaution with a slight groin injury. Daniel Nardiello won’t play due to a hamstring injury.
The Millers made six changes during Tuesday’s game although one was enforced and another, sending on striker Danny Hylton, came ten minutes from time.
Barnsley played on Thursday when losing 3-1 to French Cup winners Bordeaux and manager David Flitcroft changed all ten outfield players at half-time.
The Reds were the first opponents at the New York Stadium last Summer and to Jacob Mellis, then a new signing, went the distinction of the first ever goal at the new ground. However, Rotherham came back to win 2-1.