Rotherham United: Tubbs primed for Dons mission

Matt Tubbs has yet to break his duck for Rotherham.
Matt Tubbs has yet to break his duck for Rotherham.
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On-loan striker Matt Tubbs is confident Rotherham United will rise to the occasion when they travel to fellow promotion hopefuls Milton Keynes Dons this weekend.

Karl Robinson’s Dons outfit sit in eighth position, two places and three points adrift of the Millers, in League One after 11 matches and they are unbeaten on their own turf.

Tubbs, a second-half replacement for Daniel Nardiello in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Swindon Town, is under no illusions at the size of the task facing Rotherham as they bid to get back to winning ways.

“MK Dons are a much fancied side; you look at a lot of teams in this division and you would say that they are a play-off sort of team,” he told The Star. “It will not be easy going down there but we have got a game plan and will look to take the game to them and hopefully we will get the right result.”

The 29-year-old, who is still looking to open his Millers account after 11 appearances, hopes the team can replicate the display they produced at Brentford, which they edged 1-0, when they visit stadium:mk.

“We can take a lot of confidence from the performance and result we got at Brentford,” acknowledged Tubbs. “That was a great win for us.”

Tubbs, on loan from Bournemouth until the end of January, said the squad were “hurting” after their heavy home loss to Swindon.

“We all feel really frustrated,” he said. “That [Swindon] was the worst we have played since I have come to the club.

“I didn’t see that [result] coming after the first 20 minutes. We had some good chances but full credit to Swindon. They came here, had a game plan and showed what a strong side they are. Everybody is hurting after that result but we have got characters in the team to turn it around. We are all professionals and we’ve got to pick ourselves up.

“Swindon was a kick in the teeth but I think we would have taken the position we find ourselves in at the start of the season. It has been a great start. Hopefully Swindon was a blip and we will bounce back.”

Tubbs featured in yesterday’s behind closed doors friendly at Leeds United. Michael O’Connor played in the majority of the match, which the Millers lost 2-0 while Daniel Nardiello, Richard Brindley, Pablo Mills, Tom Eaves and Michael Tidser were also given run-outs.

Meanwhile, Millers striker Danny Hylton has joined managerless League Two side Bury on a one-month loan deal.

Rotherham boss Steve Evans said: “Young Danny has now got himself in good shape. We’ve given him a little taste of first-team football in recent weeks and now he needs to have a run of consecutive first-team matches.”