Rotherham United: Millers to use ‘Posh’ as benchmark

Britt Assombalonga (right)
Britt Assombalonga (right)
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It’s more than just League One’s Match of the Day - it’s a benchmark game for Rotherham United.

Newly-promoted sides often manage a good start although starting with eight unbeaten is the sort of opening gambit beyond most.

Rotherham United take such a run into their big clash with Peterborough United in front of what could be close to a 10,000 crowd at the New York Stadium tomorrow.

But the Millers - one of only three unbeaten teams in the division - are still seeking to discover how worthy they are of their lofty fifth place. They will have a much better idea tomorrow.

“We’re playing the champions elect - that’s my view of Peterborough,” reckons Millers manager Steve Evans.

“I thought before the season began that they would win this division and have seen nothing, either watching other games or from our opponents, to make me change my mind.

“So tomorrow, for me, is the benchmark for us. It will give us an idea where we are.

“Yes, we’re proud of our record so far and we’ve actually played one of the two other unbeaten teams (Preston).

“But I’m not judging us against some of those we’ve played so far, tomorrow will really tell us where we are.

“I think it will be a fantastic game to watch because both sides like to attack and we know Peterborough are the best counter-attacking side. They’ve kept the side together and replaced Dwight Gayle by paying £1.5m for Britt Assombalonga who I think is a better player.”

Peterborough, minus injured key attacker Lee Tomlin, have signed striker Paul Taylor who they sold to Ipswich for £1.75m in Aug 2012.

Rotherham are without Claude Davis, Michael O’Connor and David Worrall but Richard Brindley has recovered from a head knock.

Evans said he has turned down a potential signing due to the player’s attitude.