RONNIE Moore will look for his side to show the same hunger for victory when they face Barnet tomorrow as they’ve shown in their two away games in the past week.
“It wasn’t good having to come from behind yet again but there was a real hunger and a desire about the players at Burton and Torquay; they really went for it,” said the Rotherham United boss.
“We need that hunger, that tempo against Barnet. No foot off the pedal, let’s get out of those traps quickly. We want to be in the top three and if we play like we did in the first half at Burton and the first 20 minutes at Torquay, then we won’t be. But if we play like in those second halves, play at that tempo, then no one will live with them. Can we do that on Saturday?”
Barnet arrive at the Don Valley second-bottom but having shown improvement recently. “They’ve had some decent results recently and, apparently, their first half display against Lincoln last Saturday was their best of the season - we know from experience that there are no straightforward games,” added Moore noting the experienced front two Steve Kabba and Izale McLeod whilst the nippy winger Mark Marshall proved troublesome in the first meeting.
“They’ve got pace to trouble teams but I’m sure they’ll be worrying about our front players if we perform,” he said. “At Torquay we’ve hit the post twice, the bar, missed a penalty and their ‘keeper has pulled off some great saves. Had the penalty gone in to level it up I reckon we would have gone on and won because there was only one side going to win it.”
Adam Le Fondre’s penalty miss - Danny Potter brilliantly saving a firmly struck effort - was his third of the season although he did knock in the rebound against Cheltenham. Barnet are coming off the back of a 4-2 win over Lincoln City in which former Blades man Kabba scored twice. McLeod, briefly on loan at the Lane, was a player Rotherham inquired about last Summer.
Although they lost their last away game, 2-1 at Southend, this was after a good unbeaten run away from home in which they had drawn four and won at Bradford City.
This week the Underhill club signed midfielder Mark Byrne from Forest. He was on loan at Barnet earlier this season and scored their goal in Rotherham’s 4-1 win at Underhill. If Byrne plays then he is likely to partner Rossi Jarvis who had a loan spell with Rotherham a few years ago.
In addition they have brought in 19-year-old left back Matty Parsons from Crystal Palace. Rotherham expect Johnny Mullins to be available after he was replaced during the first half at Plainmoor when he was badly dazed after two blows to the head in quick succession.