Date:Tuesday July 22 2008
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.
Date:Tuesday July 22 2008
RUFC - Former Loanee Signs Deal With Parent Club (Tuesday May 21 2013)
RUFC - Next Seasons Opponents - Part 1 (Tuesday May 21 2013)
RUFC - Pen Pics - Scott Shearer (Monday May 20 2013)
RUFC - On This Day - 19th May (Sunday May 19 2013)
RUFC - A Look Back At Last Season - August (Saturday May 18 2013)
RUFC - Wanderers To Play At New York (Friday May 17 2013)
RUFC - Training Ground Plans On Hold (Friday May 17 2013)
RUFC - Defender In Next Week? (Friday May 17 2013)
RUFC - Millers On Tour (Friday May 17 2013)
RUFC - Former Miller Signs For Stanley (Thursday May 16 2013)
|3. Port Vale||46||21||15||10||+35||78|
|Seven Could Stay But Seven Go
» Northampton : 21/05/2013 18:50:00
|Contingency Plan In Place
» Southend : 21/05/2013 18:28:00
|Striker Suggests Cobblers Career Is Over
» Northampton : 21/05/2013 18:18:00
|Another Two-Years For Club Captain
» Northampton : 21/05/2013 18:16:00
|Pre-Season: Boro Come To The Globe
» Morecambe : 21/05/2013 18:03:00
|Thrilled Allen Scoops Award
» Gillingham : 21/05/2013 17:52:00
|King Calls It Quits
» Gillingham : 21/05/2013 17:50:00