Towell praises Millers' character

Richie Towell in action against PlymouthRichie Towell in action against Plymouth
Richie Towell in action against Plymouth
CREATIVE midfielder Richie Towell is hoping Rotherham can use the character shown against Plymouth last weekend to propel themselves towards the play-off places in League One.

The Millers were reduced to ten men with just five minutes of the second half played when defender Richard Wood picked up his second booking for a badly timed tackle on Pilgrims striker Ryan Taylor.

They went 1-0 down with just under ten minutes of the game remaining but showed a never-say-die attitude to hit back through Semi Ajayi three minutes into injury time to earn a draw.

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And Brighton loanee Towell is hoping that character was evident to the fans.

The 26-year-old told the Advertiser: “"It was still great character to come back and get the draw at the end. Hopefully the fans saw how much we put into the game because going down to ten men isn't easy.

“Sometimes you can deal with being down for five or ten minutes but it was around 40 minutes and that's hard on the legs.

“The lads dug in and we did well.”

The Millers had to shuffle their pack after the red card with Towell’s central midfield partner Will Vaulks moving to centre back and captain Lee Frecklington entering from the bench.

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Vaulks acquitted himself well in a role he used to play for former club Falkirk, and believes there's a new sense of belief among players that they can come back from trailing positions following the turnaround against Blackpool and Saturday’s late leveller.

The Millers had previously gone almost three years without coming from behind to win before the Blackpool victory, and Vaulks is now looking to the future.

“I always feel positive that we can get back in games (when trailing),” he said. “We’ve got enough new players and enough positive players that all feel the same.”

There’s more from Richie and Will in this week’s 24-page Advertiser sports pull-out.