Will Vaulks talks to www.themillers.co.uk...
Passion, determination and effort. The characteristics that have been drilled into and defined Paul Warne’s team’s style since he took the managerial reins. Leading those charged with starting jerseys in recent weeks has been stand-in skipper Will Vaulks, who embodies those qualities as well as anyone on the pitch.
In that spirit, the Millers midfielder has reiterated that he and his Rotherham United comrades continue to be ready for the challenge of facing the best teams the second tier has to offer, as they prepare to welcome table-topping Leeds United on Saturday.
The former Falkirk man, who has drawn the plaudits for his committed style in Millers colours, insists that Warne’s men will readily go toe-to-toe with the division’s best as they look to steer themselves away from the Championship drop zone.
“No team in this league is unbeatable. There are some very good teams, of which Leeds are clearly one of them, but we know we are force to be reckoned with, especially at home,” Vaulks told www.themillers.co.uk.
“We'll go out there with a game plan to beat them, that's the aim and we're looking forward it."
“I think that it'll be a completely different game to the one earlier in the season. They have just been beaten, so I'd expect them to come out firing. We need to be ready, but I'm sure we will be.”
Despite the Millers’ readiness to lock horns with Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who find themselves at the head of the Sky Bet Championship pack going into the weekend, Vaulks continued to express that he and his teammates are aware of how big a challenge lies ahead.
"It is going to be a tough game, we know how good they are,” he added.
“It was tough at Elland Road earlier in the season, although we did play well on the day. We want this game to be a catalyst to start us on a good run.
“We missed a couple of chances in the game earlier in the season, we could have been in front of the game, and we know we cannot afford to miss chances again Saturday. We don't want to be playing catch-up against a team like Leeds, so we need a good start and if we can, put the opposition on the back foot.”
The midfielder concluded by adding that he is hopeful his side can upset the applecart in front of a packed house at AESSEAL New York Stadium and use any momentum gained from the weekend’s game to string together a run of results.
“It looks like it'll be a sell-out, I'm sure the fans will be there in numbers to support us,” Vaulks explained.
“If we can get a positive result then it could be the springboard we require to go on a run.”