BEFORE the season started, Rotherham United manager Steve Evans suggested that fans get ready for a roller-coaster ride as his team prepared to set off along the promotion trail.
That will certainly be the case but he probably may not have envisaged that the early ups and downs would involve his own team’s inconsistent form.
The first home defeat in the league on Tuesday to Rochdale was also further confirmation that League Two is going to be pretty tough and also pretty tight - and is no respecter of reputations.
Three home wins and no goals conceded suggested that things were going pretty swimmingly at the New York Stadium.
Then came Tuesday’s shock to the system, particularly as they had pulled in front from the half-time deficit and looked good to go on and win.
Instead, it was Rochdale who roared back to victory.
The 4-0 win over Bradford City was followed by the 6-2 beating at Port Vale. Then came the tightening up against Torquay and a 1-0 win which, through a powerful second half performance, deserved to be plenty more.
Then along came the Rochdale game.
Perhaps it indicates that a team largely consisting of newcomers is still finding its feet; still gelling.
Certainly they can hardly be considered to be consistent even within games let alone from game to game.
“We told them they would be in for a tough night against Rochdale and there were some who did not heed the warnings,” said assistant manager Paul Raynor.
“Until they do then we will be up and down. We have been too inconsistent so far.
“Good teams put runs together and we need to string some wins together. If not then we could find ourselves below mid-table.
“People may say that losing at home to Rochdale is a kick up the backside but Port Vale was one of those.
“You have to make things happen - we have no divine right to win.”
On Tuesday Evans named an unchanged side for the first time this season - little surprise considering how well they had played against Torquay, particularly in the second half.
Meanwhile, former Millers boss Andy Scott is among those being linked with the AFC Wimbledon manager’s job after the departure of Terry Brown yesterday.