Rotherham United: Millers face benchmark away test

Rotherham United's Kari Arnason handles for a penalty after clearly being shoved in the back by Peterborough's Tyrone Barnett
Rotherham United's Kari Arnason handles for a penalty after clearly being shoved in the back by Peterborough's Tyrone Barnett
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Same word in use as last week but a different sort of benchmark for Rotherham United tomorrow.

Last Saturday, the managerial talk was of the meeting with the promotion’s favourites Peterborough and how Rotherham could judge themselves against the division’s best.

Tomorrow, they are at Griffin Park to meet Brentford and this time the talk is of how they meet the challenge of a tough away game.

“We know what was said prior to the game last week and this one at Brentford, for me, is a benchmark to see where we are away from home,” said Millers assistant Paul Raynor.

“Some of our play was exceptional last week and it was encouraging what has been said and to hear what Darren Ferguson said about our performance. But we were doing that at home with our fans roaring us on.

“At Brentford, it will be a different type of game with different problems.

“We shall be up against a good side who were a penalty kick away from promotion last season and we will be away from home at a tough place. So, we’ll judge ourselves in a different environment against some good players.

“We can’t argue with our away results so far but this will be the hardest one.

“They are a good, attacking side at home and with strikers like Clayton Donaldson and Will Grigg, we’ll get asked questions and and they have some experienced players elsewhere.

“But whilst we were disappointed to lose last week, we can take plenty from it to carry forward.”

The Millers will again be without Michael O’Connor, who is nearly ready, Claude Davis and David Worrall who is expected to be out for a few weeks longer.