A look back at Rotherham’s season up to now, as they set themselves up for a tense promotion run-in.
Paul Warne’s side have now passed the half-way point of their 2019/20 League One season.
As is always the case with the Millers, there have been plenty of ups-and-downs so far, but it has been a very positive campaign up to now.
Rotherham end the year and decade third in League One, and they are just five points off Wycombe at the top of the league.
This does not tell the whole story though. The top-half is extremely tight, as just six points separate Rotherham in third and Shrewsbury in 12th.
Something that must have surprised some fans this year, is how well the Millers have played away from home. In recent years, results on the road have been a massive problem, but this could not be any more different now.
Rotherham sit joint-top with Ipswich of the away league table. Each team have picked up 23 points, winning seven, drawing two and they have lost just three.
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💪 4-0 win against Peterborough
🚑 An update on Clark Robertson
🎯 Making the most of set pieces
🍊 Facing Blackpool
— Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) December 30, 2019
The frustrating thing is, if the Millers had been able to replicate anything close to their great form on the road at the New York Stadium, they would be clear at the top.
But Rotherham have found it difficult to find a winning formula at home. There have been some great wins over Coventry and Bolton, but with that have also come disappointing defeats against Rochdale and Lincoln.
Rotherham have won just four out of their eleven games at home this season, but the manner of some performances has been more worrying.
At times it has looked like Rotherham have been scared to play in front of their own fans.
They have looked a completely different side, not playing with anything close to the level of intensity and quality shown in other games.
Recently though there have been signs of this hoodoo coming to an end.
On the back of their last-gasp 97th-minute winner at Shrewsbury, they were faced with the difficult task of hosting promotion rivals Peterborough at the New York Stadium.
Rotherham made a profound statement of intent here as they outclassed their opponents all over the pitch in a brilliant 4-0 victory.
It was a great performance that could be looked back upon as a huge turning point for Rotherham at the end of the season.
League One this season is a really weird division. When you look back at seasons gone by, there has been at least one or two standout teams who are better than the rest.
But that is not the case at all this season. There is virtually nothing separating the top ten or so in the league both in terms of points and quality.
This is good for the neutrals, as it means it will be an incredibly close fight for promotion. But for fans of these clubs, it means they are set for a rollercoaster last couple months.
Luckily enough for Millers supporters, they are all too familiar with this feeling already!
Consistency has been a huge buzzword for Rotherham all of this season.
There have been below-par performances against the likes of Tranmere and Rochdale. But then you can pick out superb showings against Ipswich and Peterborough among others.
It does show that on their day, Paul Warne’s side can go toe-to-toe and beat anyone in this league, which does bode well for them moving forward.
A huge difference-maker in Rotherham’s promotion push will be whether they can find a winning formula at home to turn the New York Stadium into a fortress once again.
It is easier said than done, but if Rotherham can do this, and continue their great away form, they will surely be there or thereabouts with the promotion contingent come May.
One major factor that is in the favour of Rotherham United, is their mental fortitude and never say die attitude that is instilled in each of Paul Warne’s players.
This is nothing new and is something that has always been associated with Rotherham. Yet under Warne, they have pushed this on even further and earned some invaluable points late on from absolutely nowhere.
The great character and fight Rotherham have will be priceless the deeper we get into the season. This may just be enough to see the Millers pip their rivals to the post in the race for promotion.