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READ | We can't afford to take our foot off the gas - Wiles

17 January 2020

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Although Rotherham United are sitting pretty at the summit of Sky Bet League One following an impressive run of form over recent weeks, Ben Wiles acknowledges that despite being happy with their progress so far, he and his teammates can't afford to rest on their laurels.

Successes against Shrewsbury Town, Peterborough United, Blackpool and Oxford United mean the free-scoring Millers are currently on a four-game winning streak, but the midfielder has his eyes on one thing only, and that's extending that record this weekend.

"It's a great achievement to be top of the league at this stage of the season and to be a part of a team performing in the way we are is special. However, we can't focus on the table too much and it's all about concentrating on the next game," he told

"Everybody's in great spirits though and the mood around the camp lifts so significantly when you're doing well, but you don't actually notice that until you get into the position we're in.
"Things can change so quickly as we know because it's such a tight division and we're not miles out in front, so we've still got a job to do in giving our maximum every game to ensure we pick up as many points as possible.
"We can't afford to take our foot off the gas now because we're only just getting started, it's up to us to kick on and build from the foundations we've built."
When Bristol Rovers make the journey north to the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the Millers will also have the opportunity to make it three home victories on the spin, and Wiles wants to gain some revenge too.
Having put in one of their most disappointing performances of the 2019/20 campaign during the defeat in the south west, Rotherham will be determined to show their true colours this time around, although Wiles expects another difficult test.
"Bristol Rovers are a capable side and they've been in the top six for most of the season, but we're a good team too. When we played them at their place we under-performed, so we're determined to get a positive result this time," the midfielder said. 
"There's no hiding from the fact that they've got good players in their squad, with the likes of Jonson Clarke-Harris providing a good outlet, and he can be a real handful on his day. 
"We're in great form though so we're all in confident mood knowing that we can go out there on Saturday and stand a good chance of getting all three points."

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