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New management duo having an impact, says Richie

15 February 2016

Richie Smallwood talks to www.themillers.co.uk...

Midfielder Richie Smallwood says the Millers have instantly ‘bought into’ the new management team of Neil Warnock and Kevin Blackwell.

New boss Warnock took his place in the dugout alongside assistant Blackwell for the first time in the 0-0 draw with promotion chasing Birmingham City on Saturday.

Despite being down to nine men Warnock’s side more than matched their lofty opponents, and Smallwood admitted that the players have responded positively to the methods of the new management duo.

“I thought that we did well and could have gone on to win the game,” Smallwood told www.themillers.co.uk

“We were very solid, we all worked hard, and we have bought into what the manager and Kevin Blackwell are trying to do here.

“Training is good and all the lads are taking everything on board. With the situation we are in it is important that we all pull together and try and pick up as many wins as we can. 

"I am sure this week will be good on the training ground and enjoyable.”

The Millers face a trip to Turf Moor at the weekend as Warnock leads the Millers on the road for the first time against Burnley.

Smallwood confirmed it is a test that he is relishing, and believes the Millers can take confidence from their performance against the Clarets at the AESSEAL New York Stadium earlier in the season.

“We like playing against the big teams,” continued Smallwood. 

“We played them at home live on TV and I thought that we were really unlucky on the night. We gave them a good game. 

"We know that they are a side that will be fighting for promotion, but we will be well prepared and right up for the challenge.

“There are a lot of games coming up. The next couple of months have a lot of Tuesday fixtures in there so there are plenty of points to play for. 

“We need to string a few wins together now and look to start climbing the table again.” 

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