Millers look to scratch 40 year itch

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can ROTHERHAM United put a winning dent into an unsuccessful sequence that has been running on for 40 years?

If the Millers want to get their away programme off to a flier then they will have to overturn one of the most barren records they have ever accumulated.

It was 41 years ago, back in 1970, that a Rotherham United side last tasted victory at Home Park.

Since then, various sides have headed into Devon on 17 occasions and never won. In fact, they have lost on 12 of them.

Indeed, it has proved a difficult venue for Rotherham ever since the first visit back in 1952 ended in a 4-3 defeat.

The 1970 win is one of only four wins (three of which came in consecutive seasons) in a total of 32 trips to Home Park.

Millers boss Andy Scott is not one to hang his hat on such sequences or any problems with extra long trips or so-called ‘bogey grounds’.

“If we prepare properly and do things right, then I see no reason why we can’t get a positive result,” said Scott.

“It’s 11 v 11 and just because it’s in different surroundings, it doesn’t mean you don’t play the same way as you normally play.

“It’s about being consistent, not just in terms of performance but in terms of preparation and the way you approach it.

“When you are going for promotion then you need to win away games on a Tuesday night when it’s bouncing down as well as when the sun is shining and the pitch is nice. It’s the same three points wherever they are gained.”

Rotherham’s last visit to Home Park was in The Championship in 2005 when an Andy Monkhouse goal secured a 1-1 draw.