Be ready to fire - Ronnie

Last updated : 14 January 2010 By Bigrich.....

ronniebig2"The fact is we have to be ready for when this spell of inactivity does come to an end," said the Millers manager.

"We've got to be ready to go, to come straight out of the blocks when we do get going again. I'm sure the lads will be raring to go when they do get that green light.

He said the fact that they hadn't been knocked out of third place despite not having played since December 12 had been a huge lift for everyone.

"It's given us a right incentive," said Moore. "Who would have thought that we'd go all this time without a game and no one would overtake us.

"Dagenham had the chance twice and didn't take either of them. Chesterfield could have gone above us but they missed out as well. Shrewsbury have closed right up behind us but they've now played four games more than we have.

"I'd still prefer to have played and, like Rochdale, have the points in the bag. But it's really been a boost for us that no one has shifted us and it is up to us to make sure we take advantage when we do get going again."

Moore acknowledged that it has been like a "mini pre-season" in terms of the length of break and said the players have been putting in lots of fitness work in the gym.

"They're a good, honest bunch and have been working really hard," he said. "Their fitness has been monitored - Paul Warne has been involved with all the scientific stuff - and we have been able to check their output right through.

"They're fit enough in that respect although, of course, it's not the same as match fitness. The worst problem is we can't get out on grass. We can work on the astroturf but it's not the same and you have to be careful not to overdo it."

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