ROTHERHAM United will certainly be taking nothing for granted at the New York Stadium this afternoon.
They have had something of a nasty habit of slipping up at home against some of the strugglers or so-called ‘unfancied’ sides in League Two and know they can’t afford another such mishap today against AFC Wimbledon.
The Dons may be regarded as one of the division’s smaller fry but their recent record has certainly crossed Rotherham’s radar and they are alerted to the fact that a team with a very good recent record will be arriving in town today.
Since being bottom of the table on February 16, Wimbledon have lost just two in 10 - a run which has taken them up to 16th and to the brink of a safe haven from relegation.
The methods of manager Neal Ardley have started to kick in - they are more direct than they were under Terry Brown - and there’s nothing like some good results to breathe confidence into a once-struggling side.
“We watched a dvd of their game with Morecambe and saw what they’re about,” said Millers assistant Paul Raynor in the absence of manager Steve Evans, away on his ultimately fruitless bid for deadline day signings.
“They have some experience in there and threat up front in two players we know a bit about. Jack Midson we made inquiries for and tried to sign him at Crawley whilst Gary Alexander joined me and Steve at Crawley and helped get them over the line.
“Gary is someone who works hard for the team and he’ll stick a chance away.
“But it is what we’re about really. The lads were disappointed it was off last week because they wanted to put things right after Cheltenham
“It’s fair to say they are raring to go.”
Kari Arnason is available again and looks set to start and there has been speculation that such as Scott Shearer and Dan Kearns might get starts.
“We know which way we’re going and what we’re going to do and the players will know 90 minutes before,” added Raynor.
“We know we have to pick up the points now and we can only do that but we’re depending on others to drop some as well,” he conceded.
“It would have been nice to bring someone in and freshen up the squad but we have the quality to finish this job.”