Defiant striker Alex Revell looked forward to life in The Championship and said Rotherham United can make New York Stadium a place to fear.
The fixture list for next season, unveiled yesterday, pitted the Millers away to Derby County on August 9 opening day, with NYS enjoying it’s first taste of second-tier football when Wolves come to town the following Saturday.
Revell, the two-goal hero of Rotherham’s League One Play-off Final at Wembley last month, said: “Some of the atmospheres we are going to experience at New York Stadium when the away end is full will be amazing.
“We’ve got massive clubs like Nottingham Forest, Norwich, Bolton and Blackburn coming here, but no club will fancy coming to our place with our attitude and all our fans packed in there.”
The 6ft 3in frontman, who bagged 13 goals last season as the Millers won a second successive promotion, believes the club can prosper at a higher level.
“We are certainly looking up rather than down,” he said.
Rotherham face Derby, Wolves, Watford (home), Millwall (away) and Brentford (h) in August, while they head to derby rivals Sheffield Wednesday on November 8.
The Owls visit New York Stadium, where they lost in the Capital One Cup last season, on March 21.
Revell added: “The Championship is a tough league. I can’t pick a weak team in there. The three teams who have gone up from League One are all adding players and will be stronger.
“The three Premier League teams who have come down, Fulham, Cardiff and Norwich, are all big clubs.
“It’s a frightening league when you consider the quality of the opposition.”
The clash at Derby, who missed out on a place in the Premier League only when they lost the Championship Play-off Final to QPR, will see a return to his old club for Millers ace Ben Pringle.
The midfielder left the Rams to join Rotherham only to be kept on the sidelines by the previous management regime.
But, under Millers boss Steve Evans, he has blossomed to the point where he was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year last season.
Assistant boss Paul Raynor said of the Rams test: “It will likely be a full house and one to look forward to,” while goalkeeper Adam Collin described it as a “massive game”.
Derby’s average home crowd in the 2013/2014 regular season was 24,933.