It’s the third game in the trilogy of assessment for Rotherham United when they go to Brentford on Saturday.
They’ve just drawn at Walsall and faced promotion favourites Peterborough and it was always reckoned that the trip to Brentford would thus conclude a three-game test whereby a better judgement could be made of Rotherham’s prospects.
Their first seven games included only two opponents in the top half of the table so it was reckoned that sterner tests would come from last season’s surprise package Walsall followed by Peterborough and then Brentford.
Saturday’s defeat was Rotherham’s first in the league (the second longest unbeaten start in the club’s history) but many felt they showed more than enough in that game to justify their early-season ranking of seveth.
“I think it’s been a steady start,” was the assessment of manager Steve Evans who added: “but if we play as well as we did against Peterborough, then we’ll be ok.
“It was the best we’ve played - in fact, the best since I came here. We’ve played worse this season and won and, at the end of it all, whatever the plaudits, it is about winning. We are progressing.”
Griffin Park will give another clue as to how well!