Rotherham United: Millers defender Joe Skarz loving tough life in Championship

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The games are tougher, the opposition is better, but defender Joe Skarz has never enjoyed his football as much now that Rotherham United are in the Championship.

The left-back, a key figure in the club’s back to back promotions, admits the standard in the second tier is higher than he’s ever experienced.

But he said: “I’m loving it. I think you’ve got to enjoy it.

“Obviously, the games are all tough, and the pressure is so much that sometimes it’s hard to get away from it all.

“You sit back and look at the teams you’re playing, the stadiums that you’re playing in, and I think you’ve got to enjoy it.

“And the more you enjoy it, the better you play.”

The 14th-placed Millers are at Brighton this afternoon hoping to extend their unbeaten run to five matches and keep their illustrious hosts well below them in the table.

“I’ve heard it’s a fantastic stadium. I’ve never been down there myself. I’m looking forward to it,” the 25-year-old added. “Another good thing the Championship is playing at these fantastic arenas. Brighton are another big club with a lot of resources, so it’s another big test.

“They’ve got a talented team on paper. For some unknown reason, it’s not clicked for them. We know the threats that they’ll pose. We know what a good team they are and how they want to play and we’ll be fully aware of that come kick-off time.

Skarz has won plaudits for his form and believes working hard in training is the key.

“It is a big step up from League One. The players in the final third are quicker. If you make a mistake you get punished, so your concentration has got to be really high,” he said,

“You have to have intensity in your training. I’m just really enjoying it and just trying to put everything into it that I can to do well at this level.”