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Boss hoping for more Millers success

11 October 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock hopes Saturday’s trip to Rotherham proves as successful as his last two to Sheffield.

Blues visit Rotherham United’s recently opened New York Stadium for the first time this weekend.

The Millers returned to the town following a period of exile at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium.

And following a 4-1 and then a 4-0 win at their old venue; Sturrock hopes a change of home doesn’t alter his sides luck.

“It has been a happy hunting ground for us so hopefully long may we continue to reap the benefits,” Sturrock told the official website.

“They have been pretty strong at home this season though so it will be a difficult place to go.

“We got back on the rails again on Tuesday night with a win. 

“But now the league is the important thing for us so it will be nice to collect three points on Saturday.”

Sturrock however could be without defender Luke Prosser for the trip.

Prosser played through the pain barrier on Tuesday night with a strain in his left glute.

And Sturrock admitted the former Spurs trainee is a doubt to make the trip north.

“Luke is struggling,” he confirmed. “He shouldn’t have played on Tuesday really but the situation dictated it really.

“I would hate to put him in a situation that causes a long term injury so we will have to wait and see what happens.

“To be fair to Luke he played through the pain Tuesday and you have to give him credit for that. 

“I have seen a real progression in him this season as he has blossomed after taking onboard all our advice.”

Sturrock will however have Barry Corr back again following a three game suspension although the striker faces a fitness test with a slight groin problem.

Ryan Leonard resumed training this morning after a hamstring injury and may provide a timely boost with John Spicer to sit out the final match of his own three-match ban.

But after keeping only his sides second cleansheet of the season in Tuesday’s 2-0 win against Dagenham and Redbridge Sturrock hopes his team can build upon that JPT shutout.

“We’ve had to change the back four so much and then the midfield, which is important to them, has been chopping and changing as well,” he said.

“Not having that settled side has made it difficult to get a rhythm but it is important now we build on that cleansheet with a win on Saturday.

“We need to get a run of wins and keep ourselves on the coattails.

“I liked the way Crewe did it last year coming up with a run. Last season we were up there and went the wrong way. 

“I want to make sure that we can nip a few places each week and the only way you can do that is by winning football games.”

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