Striker Danny Ward has underlined the importance of putting points on the board before Rotherham United head into the next international break.
The Millers travel to Middlesbrough tonight and are at home to Ipswich Town on Saturday before a fortnight off and Ward says it’s crucial they take something from those two matches.
“It’s massive for us. It would lift everyone,” said the 23-year-old attacker, back in action for the bottom-of-the-table Championship club after recovering from a back spasm.
“Going into the break with no more points wouldn’t be good because we’d be stewing on it. We want to go into it with some confidence.”
Ward made his return in last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Derby County after a month out and is ready for more game-time tonight against fourth-placed Boro.
“I felt all right against Derby,” he said. “I’ve been training hard and I’ve been doing little bits of extras with Warney (fitness coach Paul Warne) to try to keep up my fitness.
“A couple of touches were a bit rusty. I just need to make sure I keep up the physical fitness and keep in shape.”
Ward scored a 90th-minute winner when he was a Huddersfield player against the Teesside outfit in March 2013.
“Yeah, something similar would be nice,” he grinned. “We’ve got the players to be doing really well in the Championship. As long as we go there with some belief, we’ll do all right.”
Tonight’s match sees a return to the Riverside Stadium for Boro old boys Richie Smallwood and Emmanuel Ledesma.
“Rotherham had a bad defeat against Derby, and always the players want a reaction,” said Boro boss Aitor Karanka. “It’ll be a difficult game because they are in a difficult position and they have to win games.”