As boss Neil Redfearn closes in on January new recruits, a player signed on the final day of the last transfer window is playing a key role in Rotherham United’s push for Championship survival.
Goalkeeper Lee Camp arrived at AESSEAL New York Stadium on September 1 and in his 20 matches since has helped the Millers climb out of the drop zone.
The 31-year-old, signed by former manager Steve Evans, has turned in a consistent run of impressive displays, culminating in a man-of-the-match performance in last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Preston North End
“I’m pleased to make saves when I need to make saves for the team and I try to do my bit,” he said,
“Ultimately, it’s about the team. I do my little bit and hopefully that contributes to a draws and wins and not so many losses.”
Rotherham take a break from league action this weekend when they face Leeds United in the FA Cup third round, and there could be at least one new arrival before Saturday’s clash at Elland Road.
But their campaign for second-tier safety, which starts up again on Tuesday with a home match against Brighton and Hove Albion, is their biggest priority.
“We need to win games. It’s as simple as that,” Camp added. “And if we don’t win them, don’t lose them.
“The good thing is that it’s in your own hands. If you win games, you get yourself away from trouble. If you lose games, you deserve what you get. It’s as simple as that.”
Redfearn has already brought in one player this month, right-back Shay Facey who joined on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season, and he has also extended the loan of centre-half Farrend Rawson until the Championship’s climax in May.
Rawson limped out of the Preston match along with skipper and midfielder Lee Frecklington, leaving the Millers low on numbers in the centre of the park.
Redfearn is pleased to be able to call on the midfield services of Tony Andreu, a scorer against Preston, as he looks for a second win of the season over his old club, Leeds.
Andreu headed home at Deepdale after supplying Danny Ward with the ball then running into the box to meet the striker’s cross in emphatic style.
“It’s a shame we lost Freck. We are a little bit light in there for midfielders now,” the manager said.
“Tony’s goal was fantastic. He got himself into the box and did great. He ran a country mile for us with the other lads in there. He took his goal really well.”
Rawson is being assessed this week ahead of the cup tie, but Frecklington faces a three-week spell on the sidelines.