Rotherham United Chairman Tony Stewart was lost for words following the 2-1 victory over Reading at AESSEAL New York Stadium which saw the club secure Sky Bet Championship football next season.
Speaking amidst the post-match celebrations, an emotional Stewart expressed his delight at capping a season of blood, sweat and tears with keeping the Millers in the second tier:
“At the end of the game it was magnificent and words can’t describe the feeling,” he beamed.
“The passion and desire is always there but there’s more to it than that. Myself, Steve and everyone at the club have worked very hard to get us to where we are.”
A jubilant Stewart continued to add that the promise of Championship football upon his arrival at the club was a very real one but putting it into practice was another matter entirely:
“I think its one thing to say it but another to live it. We’ve lived this and we’ve earned it.
“I think the Championship is a strong league and it’s only going to get better but it’s where we belong. We built this stadium for this league and I said once we got here we’d start dreaming again and there’s a little balcony called the Premier League that we’re going to reach for.”
The Millers could have traveled to their final fixture with Leeds United still in search of the points required to secure their second tier status but Tuesday’s win means that everyone can now enjoy the Yorkshire derby on the final day of the season:
“We’ve done that now and we can go to Elland Road and enjoy the game against Leeds with smiles on our faces."