Tonge - We need a second wind

Last updated : 21 November 2008 By Bigrich.....
The Millers recent poor form has seen confidence take a dent amidst the busy programme of fixtures, looking back at defeats to Aldershot and Gillingham and the recent run, the full back says "At the end of last month we were flying.

"We were winning regularly and got into plus points and started clawing teams back. Now it's like we need a second wind. It's time to take a step back, look at things, get back to basics and kick on again.

"You won't find us wanting for motivation or effort. Considering the circumstances we've been through we've pulled together better than ever.

"We'll always work our socks off and work for each other but we can't afford to carry four or five players. We all need to put a shift in, especially on away days."

"We can't use the cup games as an excuse. Many teams have played just as many games as us. We have had a lot of long away trips but other teams will have to do the same. It's just part and parcel of being a professional footballer and you've got to deal with it. Some lads play cards on the bus, others might read and others watch a film or listen to music.

"After a long trip you want to go back with something and that was what was so disappointing about last week. It's a long way to go for nothing and you want to at least come back with a point.

"Gillingham is a difficult place to go at the best of times but we just didn't turn up. I'm not going to go too much into things but the referee was the worst I've ever played under.

"We're back to the bread and butter of the league against Bradford this weekend and we've got to make sure we stay up and get as many points as we can."