MATCHDAY CENTRE: Stubbs sees positives

ALAN Stubbs insists the rewards will come if Rotherham United can continue to hit the standards of the last two matches.

While producing no points, a narrow defeat at Huddersfield followed by Saturday's unlucky result against big-spending Newcastle at packed AESSEAL New York Stadium hinted at better things.

"Stubbs: "The last two games are certainly what we're trying to get to, but not where we want to be. We've just played two of the top teams in the division and given them a real run for their money.

"There were positives out of the display against Newcastle. We took the game to them  and I'd say it was a pretty uncomfortable afternoon for them.

"There's no positive in the result but for me it was a step in the right direction. If we keep performing like that then it won't be long until we start picking up points."

Joe Mattock had a tight calf in the warm-up and pulled out as a precautionary measure before midfield man Tom Adeyemi limped off inside the first half-hour with a calf injury Stubbs hopes isn’t too severe.

“The worst case scenerio with Tom is four to six weeks, best case scenerio is two, possibly three weeks,” said Stubbs.

Greg Halford and substitute Will Vaulks came in to help produce Rotherham's best display of the season.

Stubbs wasn't happy with referee Roger East, who didn't blow up for an apparent push on Lee Frecklington in the run-up to Christian Atso's match winner. The Millers boss had no complaints with the quality of the strike though.

"I think when you look at it overall, the majority of the game was played between the 18 yard boxes and I don't think either keeper was troubled an awful lot," he added.

"I think that tells you how tight it was and it's one bit of quality that has won them the game."

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