Captain Craig Morgan claims keeping the Millers in the Sky Bet Championship is a bigger accomplishment than getting them promoted to the second tier via the Play-offs at Wembley last year.
The Rotherham United skipper led his side to a 2-1 victory over Reading at AESSEAL New York Stadium on Tuesday night which ensured they will be playing Championship football next term.
The 29-year-old, who joined the Millers in League Two in 2012, explained the magnitude of what his team had done after they were made to work hard to record victory over the Royals:
“I’ve said before that in my opinion this is a better achievement than going up because of how strong this division is,” Morgan explained.
“The clubs in this division are massive and the players are very good players so what we’ve done this year can’t be underestimated.
“It feels like we’ve had to work hard for it. We knew it was going to be tough.
An understandably nervy start to proceedings at AESSEAL New York Stadium saw the game deadlocked until Matt Derbyshire opened the scoring after half time, but the Millers’ skipper insists that his side weren’t panicked by the lack of an early goal:
“It was a scrappy first half but it was important that we were still in the game. We won’t kid ourselves that we didn’t play great football in the first half but what was important was that we always had the chance to win the game.
“They’ve got good players and we had to make sure that we were on top of our game and didn’t take anything for granted.
“All credit to Reading, they didn’t sit off and give up they had a go at it and Millwall can look at the game and know that Reading didn’t do them a disservice because they gave it everything.”
The popular defender also took time out to praise the supporters on the night, reflecting on previous experiences of atmospheres under the lights at AESSEAL New York Stadium:
“Going up is a massive thing and a year ago it was rocking against Preston but it was equal tonight in my opinion."