Rotherham United’s players are targeting a midtable finish to their first year back in the Championship.
The Millers squad are buoyed by a record of just three defeats in their last 12 league matches and a superb Tuesday-night showing in the 3-3 draw with promotion favourites Derby County.
Midfield man Paul Green, a scorer in the midweek AESSEAL New York Stadium classic, believes that, with the second tier so tight this season, the club can improve on their current 20th place, four points above the drop zone.
“A couple of wins and you’re in the top half of the table,” he said. “Likewise, if you lose a couple you’re looking over your shoulder.
“As a group of players, we’re looking forward rather than behind us.”
Rotherham are in the Championship for the first time since a four-season spell under Ronnie Moore ended nine 10 years ago.
Steve Evans’ men travel to play-off chasing Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow, and Green believes he and his teammates are ready for the test.
“We matched Derby and on occasions played better than them,” he said. “We’ll be fine if we keep playing like that. The spirit is fantastic.
“We’ve got to take the positives out of the game and take it on to Wolves.”
Manager Evans faces a selection dilemma after fine displays by Kirk Broadfoot, Rob Milsom and Danny Ward in central defence, midfield and up front respectively against the Rams.
“I’ve always said it’s about performances and if you perform well in the team you deserve to play,” Evans said.
“Kirk Broadfoot had not played a game for three months. He was outstanding. Rob Milsom the same. Danny Ward was excellent.
“Kirk made our first goal and he marshalled a top-class Premier League striker in Darren Bent.”
The Millers hope to have skipper and and centre-half Craig Morgan available again after illness, loan striker Conor Sammon, unable to play against parent club Derby, is in the frame and midfielder Conor Newton should be fit after feeling unwell and starting on the bench against County.
Eighth-placed Wolves are the lowest scorers of the Championship’s top 10 sides, with 38 goals in 31 matches, but carry the threat of former New York loan ace Nouha Dicko.
Dicko scored a hat-trick against Rotherham in the corresponding League fixture last season.