Barker warns against complacency

By Joe Cawthorn | 15/09/2017 0 comments

Barker warns against complacency

“WE need to be careful we don’t become complacent.”

That’s the message from Rotherham United assistant boss Richie Barker as the Millers prepare for a tough Yorkshire derby at Bradford City tomorrow.

They head to Valley Parade on the back of three straight wins and a resounding 5-1 victory over Walsall on Tuesday evening.

But Paul Warne’s number two is keen to ensure that the players’ heads aren’t in the clouds come 3pm Saturday, and the management team will be doing all in their power to prepare the squad for the stern challenge that lays ahead.

Barker said: “Three wins in a row speak for themselves but I came away from the game on Tuesday (Walsall), having won 5-1 – it probably should have been six by half time – thinking it was a bit flat really, I didn’t think we played that well.

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“I think that’s a good sign, and a good place to be, but I think we need to be careful that we don’t become complacent.

“That’s everybody, we need to make sure the players are well prepared physically, technically, tactically and psychologically for a big Yorkshire derby.

“I’d rather be going into it with three wins as appose to three defeats and confidence can grow with more and more wins.”

League One's top scorer Kieffer Moore has a 50-50 chance of being fit for the clash against the Bantams after coming off in mid-week with a groin problem, however the injury isn't as bad as first feared.

Wingers Jon Taylor (calf) and Ryan WIlliams (back) are both being monitored while right-back Shaun Cummings' is ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Ipswich loanne Josh Emmanuel returned to first team training this week but won't be ready for tomorrow's game following a toe injury.

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