Added significance for Millers defender...
Rotherham United defender Joe Skarz tonight comes face-to-face with his boyhood club as the Millers look to build on their previous point at New York Stadium.
After encouraging displays in their previous outings, Steve Evans’ men come up against former Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers in a game that has added significance for West Yorkshireman.
“I actually support Blackburn myself,” Skarz said. “I used to go and watch them when I was younger with my granddad so it will be a nice occasion to play against them tonight, but the only thing that’s on my mind like all the rest of the lads is getting three points.”
It will be the first time that Joe has come up against the club who he saw win the title at Anfield back in 1995 in a competitive game, but his focus remains very much on the team in red this evening.
“We know what New York is like in midweek under the lights, the atmosphere will be really good as I say I won’t be focusing on who we’re playing, I’m just looking for us to get three points. I played against them in a friendly when I was really young and at Huddersfield, and I think Darbs (Matt Derbyshire) might have actually played in that game.”
The Millers full-back has started every league game this season after being with the club since their days in League Two, and has proven one of Steve Evans’ most consistent performers, although he knows there’s room for improvement.
“I’m satisfied with how I’ve started. I realise that at Bolton I lost my man for the goal and whilst mistakes happen in football it really disappointed me because it costs us points but overall I’m satisfied but always looking to improve, get better and work hard. There’s a lot of quality full-backs in this league so I’m looking to take little bits off them and improve however I can.”