Rotherham United, like all other Championship clubs, have the potential to pick up eighteen points next month although, if we are being realistic I doubt that will happen.
Our first two games of December see the Millers make the trek down to our manager’s home town of Norwich before a local derby sees us travel to Hillsborough. We then have two home games when Reading and West Brom come to the New York Stadium followed by a Boxing Day trip to take on Bolton Wanderers before the last game of 2018 is another trek down to Bristol to take on City.
It’s often been said that teams will get an idea of where they’ll finish the season once the Christmas games are over.
Last season Rotherham beat Walsall away to move up into seventh place in League One ending the season in the play-off places in fourth place. And, of course, the season before was pretty accurate too – though we don’t really want to think about that!
Of course we have two games still to play this month – both at home. The first being the Millers first South Yorkshire derby of the season when Sheffield United are in town, which is live on TV, with the other being a Tuesday night game against Queens Park Rangers (who on earth decides that a team should have to travel from London to South Yorkshire on a Tuesday night? Surely it would have made more sense to have these two games the other way round?)
If we can get six points from these games left in November it will give us a good tally going into the last month of the year. A win and a draw wouldn’t be so bad either would it.
Back to December and, as it stands at the moment, although it could change before the month starts, just Bolton and Reading are below the Millers and I’d love to say that’s got to be six sure points for Rotherham but we can’t really even think that never mind say it out loud.
As I said, weather provided of course, we could get eighteen points in December but realistically how many points do you think we’ll end the month with? Two home games, four away games – wins at home, draws away gives us ten points – a good tally for the month? Or not?