Rotherham United: New-year mission for Millers midfielder Richie Smallwood

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Midfielder Richie Smallwood has set Rotherham United a 2015 target of turning home draws into wins.

The Millers are unbeaten in their last six Championship matches, but their last three encounters at AESSEAL New York Stadium have all yielded a single point.

Smallwood, a regular in the side since signing a permanent deal in August, said: “There have been some good performances at home and we have not got the three points we have deserved in some of the games.

“They will come. I’m sure it will be fine over the course of the season. We will pick up some more victories. It’s not concerning really.”

This is Rotherham’s first season back in thre second tier after successive promotions, and the former Middlesbrough man added: “There are no easy games. They are all hard. They are all long, hard battles.

“A lot of teams are equal, a lot of it is a goal either way. It’s a good-quality league.

“Some say it’s the hardest in the world. I’m sure it’s up there.”

The Millers are 19th in the table after 24 matches and Smallwood said of the season so far: “It’s been good. We’ve all enjoyed it.

“A lot of people have not been here before, including myself as a regular.

“We are going to keep working hard, and I’m sure we will get a few wins on the board and we’ll be all right.”

On Saturday Rotherham take a break from the Championship and host AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup third round.

But the league campaign will always be the main priority for Steve Evans’ men.

“Back-to-back promotions is a massive achievement for everyone ... for the club, the town, the manager and the players,” Smallwood said.

“The aim is to stay in this league and I am sure we will be able to do that.”