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Richie: We're prepared for a big month ahead

Smallwood eager to assist Rovers' surge up the table in December

6 December 2017

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Richie Smallwood knows what it takes to get out of this division - he has previous.

After all, it was only back in 2014 when Richie played a crucial role in Rotherham United's triumph at Wembley in the League One play-off Final.

At 26-years-old, the midfielder, who's been a regular feature in the Rovers engine room this term, can class himself as a pretty experienced campaigner and he knows just how important momentum can be at this time in the season.

"We've hit form at the right time and with the games in hand we've ended up taking advantage in recent weeks," the Rovers number six said.

"We're three points off second and five off the top. It's only a week's worth of football and as long as we keep winning we'll let the other teams deal with themselves.

"We know the games are coming fast and it's a tough month ahead. We've been scoring three and four away from home and want to continue that on Saturday.

"We want to keep scoring, keep it tight at the back and hopefully push up that table."

Winter is coming and Richie knows that everyone will be called upon to deal with the flurry of fixtures over the Christmas period.

"It'll be a busy time with some big games and also with the FA Cup replay thrown in there," Richie admits.

"Everyone will be needed in the squad with the likes of Elliott Bennett and Rekeem Harper out.

"The manager isn't happy with us conceding sloppy goals but we've been scoring plenty and hopefully we can continue that goalscoring and form.

"The run we're on is good, but we want keep things ticking over and maybe go on a ten-game run and more to really push us on."

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