Boss Steve Evans has backed the spirit in the Rotherham United camp to overcome the critics who question their ability to survive in the Championship.
The Millers climbed out of the relegation places with their second sccessive victory, at Birmingham City, despite their budget being dwarfed by some of the bigger clubs in the division.
Evans said: “We’re pushing water uphill here at different times, but what we’ve got here is a fantastic chemistry in that we want to win from the chairman down to myself and the players.”
The manager admitted that being written off by some observers had hurt him and his squad.
“Everyone in life has got feelings. My players have got feeloings,” he said.
“Let the knockers continue and we’ll just continue to try to prove the doubters wrong, as we’ve done for the last three and a half years.”
Rotherham thoroughly merited their 2-0 win at St Andrew’s which came a week after their first league victory of the season, at home to Cardiff City.
And Evans believes the togetherness among his players can be a key weapon this season.
“We have a desire,” he said.
“You only have to look when Tony Andreu scores a great goal ... every player bar goalkeeper Lee Camp goes to congratulate him.”
Andreu’s strike, after Matt Derbyshire’s opener, capped a 2-0 triumph as the Millers turned in their best display of the campaign against Gary Rowett’s side.
“We’ve come to a team that’s flying high in the table and is big on confidence and I thought ourt performance was excellent,” Evans said.
“But we won’t get carried away. We’ve been resolute, we’ve been backed by a tremendous supoort and we’ve given them a nice journey home.”