Vital Football

Latest Rotherham United News

RUFC - Millers working to get pitch up to scratch

RUFC - Millers working to get pitch up to scratch

Rotherham United's new home, Don Valley, might have facilities that most of the fans could only dream of when they were at Millmoor but the pitch isn't a patch on the one they've left behind.

Sitting up high in the stands it doesn't look bad but the nearer pitch side you got the bobbles became more evident. And, on Saturday, when the players went in for a tackle, sand flew everywhere.

Derby mananger, Paul Jewell who brought his Championship team here on Saturday, said it was 'a shocker' and that the conditions 'were the worst I've ever seen in a pre-season game.' But, Rotherham manager, Mark Robins, hopes that the more his own team get used to it the more advantage it could give them.

Speaking to The Star, Robins said, 'Aesthetically, it looked great and we hope it could lure others into a false sense of security. I hope we can train on it and get an advantage from it.

'A hell of a lot of work has already been done on the pitch and it was actually better than it had been but it is something we really have to address. We had sixty tons of sand put on it but that seemed to kill the pitch. We want to improve the drainage and get it levelled. We'll water it and get it settled down. It's one of the reasons we are playing five pre-season games at home to get used to it.

'On Saturday the wind was a problem too - I can't believe we are talking about the weather and effects of wind in July.

'It's given us food for thought but that is where we are going to be playing and we have to get on with it.'

The Millers take on Scunthorpe at Don Valley this evening - kick off 7.30pm.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football




Join the FREE Telegraph League Two Fantasy Football League!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Herringthorpe
Date:Tuesday July 22 2008
Time: 9:15AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
I was talking to two Millers players last night, and they thought the more the pitch was played on, the flatter it would become!
rybel_b
22/07/2008 11:02:00
0
I suppose that depends how heavily they walk round the pitch!!!
herringthorpe
22/07/2008 13:11:00
0
Oh they weren't heavy Caz, they were fit!!!
rybel_b
22/07/2008 15:18:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Rotherham United Articles

RUFC - Latest Manager Rumours

Former Bolton defender being linked with Millers

RUFC - Former 'Keeper Joins Cod Army

Cairns excited about his move to Fleetwood

RUFC - Bookies Make Mowbray Favourite

Coventry Boss favourite to take over hot seat?

RUFC - Millers Get The Blues

Rotherham's new away kit launched

Archived Vital Rotherham Articles

Vital Rotherham articles from

Site Journalists

Herringthorpe
Editor email
Profile
baldtobeamiller
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Should We Expand The New York Stadium In Time For The Coming Season
Suggested By:
Yes79%
No21%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Rotherham United  Results (view all)

Rotherham United  Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.herringthorpe355
2.rybel_b93
3.sixpence91
4.mos6026
5.mvmiller9
6.Marky798
7.Millie Miller6
8.axholme6
9.nogginthenog5
10.Chris Maiden5