Rotherham United midfielder Richie Smallwood talks to www.themillers.co.uk...
Middlesbrough loanee Richie Smallwood has hailed the Millers' never-say-die spirit following their dramatic late victory at Carlisle United on Saturday.
Kieran Agard's 16th goal of the season deep in stoppage time earned Steve Evans' men their fourth win on the spin after Lee Miller had acrobatically cancelled out Wes Thomas' early opener.
Speaking exclusively to www.themillers.co.uk following the Brunton Park clash, Smallwood was quick to praise the fighting qualities of his side, who earned their third win on the bounce by netting a late winning goal.
"It was a great win for us," he enthused.
"We again showed our character with the late goal we got. We knew we could do it near the end and it was a great cross from Revs (Alex Revell) and a good finish from Kieran."
In windy conditions in Cumbria, Smallwood admitted his side had to dig deep for their latest victory but after dominating the first half, the all-action midfielder acknowledges the game should have been as good as over at the interval after the Millers squandered chance after chance.
"I thought the game should have been over in the first half with all the chances we had," he admitted.
"The weather made it a typical game of two halves but we got the job done in the end."
Smallwood has made an immediate impact with the NYS outfit since putting pen to paper on a loan deal until the end of the season and with his arrival coinciding with the Millers stepping on the gas to put their name in the promotion hat, the Redcar-born midfielder admitted he is enjoying life in South Yorkshire.
"I'm enjoying it at the moment and long may it continue," he added.
"We're in the play-off positions and although you can't look too far ahead, if we can keep on winning you never know what might happen."