Rotherham United: Pride of Millers skipper

Rotherham United v Bristol City'Craig Morgan loses out to Martin Paterson
Rotherham United v Bristol City'Craig Morgan loses out to Martin Paterson
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Skipper Craig Morgan says he is proud what Rotherham United have done this season but insists they now must finish the job.

The Millers central defender, a strong and consistent figure at the heart of the defence, also reckons it is important not to let the season fritter away in the final fixtures ahead of the Play-offs.

“I’d have been lying had I said, last August, we’d finish third or fourth,” he said.

“A couple of games ago, someone produced a stat which showed that the same points we’d got would, a year ago, have seen us top of this division.

“So, that shows you the achievement of this squad and to lose, what, just seven games, well that’s fantastic.

“I’m proud of what we’ve done but it is now up to us not to to throw away the chance we’ve got and what we’ve all worked so hard for.”

They head for Molineux and a meeting with champions-elect Wolves tomorrow whose promotion was confirmed last Saturday when, after willing the Millers not to beat Bradford City on Friday, they then won at Crewe.

“I was asked when I did I sense that we might be able to do something in this division,” said Morgan. “Well, strangely enough it was when we lost at home to Peterborough which happened to be our first league defeat after starting with nine unbeaten.

“They had been one of the fancied teams along with such as Sheffield United and Bristol City but we taught them a lesson that day; we competed with them, more than matched them and should have won about 4-1.

“Importantly, we didn’t dwell on it. It was also important, across the season, that we didn’t start well but then see it all peter out towards the end of the season. It’s pleasing how we’ve kept going,” added the skipper who declined to go into detail about the last minute penalty incident at Bramall Lane in which he was involved except he obviously reckons an incorrect decision was made.

“We need to have a bit of momentum going into the Play-offs; let’s go in there 100 per cent committed not half-hearted.”

Middlesbrough have taken up a year’s option on the contract of midfielder Richie Smallwood who is on loan with the Millers.