MIDFIELDER David Noble, the first Rotherham United scorer at the New York Stadium, says the pitch is as good as any he has ever played on.
“I never played in the Premier League but that surface is Premier League standard for sure,” said Noble who became Rotherham’s 10th signing a couple of weeks ago from Yeovil.
“It’s a beautiful stadium but the pitch is a really important thing and this is a beautiful pitch,” said Noble who scored the equaliser in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Barnsley.
“It really is a nice surface - like a bowling green - and I don’t think you could get much better. It’s just what we need for how we pass the ball.
“If you can’t play on that... certainly you can’t blame a divot,” he chuckled. “I’ve played on some nice pitches in my career but that’s right up there with any I’ve been on.”
Noble said everything he’d experienced so far were the reasons he joined Rotherham - when he was set to go elsewhere.
“It’s a club with ambition - you only have to look round at the stadium, the pitch, the training facilities and the quality of player coming in. Reasons why I came.
“We’re all still getting to know each other and Saturday was our first proper game, so things will take time but to look good straight away is a positive.
It was a good day, good turnout, great noise from the supporters.”
Manager Steve Evans may be contemplating a couple of changes for tonight’s game with Doncaster Rovers (7.45).
He admitted it is something he is pondering although it is likely all the outfield players will get some game time anyway. All available outfield players appeared on Saturday with a few minutes at the end for one of the youth players, left back Connor Johnson.
Evans says he is still pursuing two further signings and there could be progres this week.
*The club is experiencing an unprecedented boom in shirt sales and the home shirt has gone well past 3,000 in just a month, understood to be the most the club have ever sold. They have sold out of medium and large sizes and have ordered more.
The new away shirt of amber with a black chestband - which will be worn by the team tonight - goes on sale from the club shop today.
The shirt colours are a nod to the first shirt worn by Rotherham United in 1925 when (original club) Rotherham County and Rotherham Town amalgamated and the shirt was amber with a black V.
No tickets are on sale today.