Rotherham United forward Freddie Ladapo believes it will be difficult to prepare for this weekend’s fixture against a new-look Bolton Wanderers side, but is desperate to bounce back from derby day defeat with a win over the Trotters.
The former Plymouth Argyle hitman admits that he is pleased to have seen Saturday’s opponents overcome their recent troubles, but is keen to put their welfare aside as the Millers look to secure their first home league win of the 2019/20 campaign.
“You can't prepare for it easily, that is for sure,” Ladapo told www.themillers.co.uk.
“Whatever it was before, it clearly won't be the same now.
“They've had their problems and it's good for them to overcome them because you don't want to see that happen to any other club, but we just need to be focused and whatever team they put out, we're ready and prepared to beat.”
Ladapo is hoping there is more than just one ‘first’ in the form of a home win this weekend, as he continued to explain that he is looking to net his first goal at AESSEAL New York Stadium in front of the home faithful.
"I still need my first home goal as well. These are things I look at personally that are very important to me and it helps the team as well,” he added.
“We need those points on the board because we want to be as high as possible at the end of the season.”
The Millers striker concluded by admitting that whilst he recognises that Bolton are likely to be followed by a buoyant support to South Yorkshire, he is hoping that the home crowd can respond with equally high levels of noise at Saturday’s Sky Bet League One clash.
“You see it when there is a big crowd in both the home and the away end, the games tend to have a higher tempo.
“Everyone is that much louder and the cheers are that much bigger for everything that happens.”