MANAGER Andy Scott is putting kind weather and league points at the top of his Christmas wish list as Rotherham United gear up for a busy festive programme.
Monday's trip to Macclesfield Town kicks off a run of three games in eight days, with another away game at Cheltenham next Friday followed by a Yorkshire derby at home to Bradford City three days later.
Having stitched together a run of four league wins from the last five, Scott is determined that his side carry the momentum into Christmas and set themselves up for the second half of the season, but admits the fixture list hasn't been kind.
He said: "Macclesfield away is always a tricky one, especially on Boxing Day. Cheltenham have been one of the form teams and it's a very tough place to go so we know we have two tough away fixtures.
"Bradford will be a big game on January 2 and we need to finish this spell of games with as many points as possible because we are going to lose a fixture the Saturday after (due to scheduled opponents Gillingham's involvement in the FA Cup) and be a game behind. We don't want to lose touch and be chasing all the time, we want to be ahead of the game."