We need to do the ugly stuff - Tonge

Last updated : 15 March 2009 By Bigrich.....
Tonge spoke to former 'Tiser reporter Leon Wobschall in todays Yorkshire Post, and despite conceding in the last couple of games, the Millers defense has been on the whole good all season.

"For us at the back, a clean sheet is as good as scoring a goal and once you are on a little run you want to keep that going. We're defending really well as a team. We've done some work on it with the gaffer and his staff and it has come to fruition." Tonge said.

"It was particularly good going to Wycombe, when they were top of the league and keeping a clean sheet. In fairness, they didn't even look like scoring. We followed that up with a good, hard-fought win at Lincoln."

"We can do the pretty stuff well, but haven't always been so good at the ugly side of it. We've needed to do that for we know we can beat teams playing good football. In the cups, we beat three Championship teams in a row as well as teams like Leicester and Leeds, who like to pass it."

"Earlier this season, we struggled against the lesser teams and it's good to see us grinding out some results now." he added.

With a string of postponements, the games are again stacking up for the Millers who will be playing Saturday / Tuesday for a few weeks.

"Before the Morecambe postponement, we were looking at playing nine games this month. It just means now that things will run into April, but we've just got to get our heads around it and get on with it. We've all had a laugh about it. Premiership teams have something like 11 games left and we've easily got more than that. You just think 'how has that actually happened'?"

"I was at the ground last Tuesday and got told it was off at about 6pm, I'd literally just got into the changing rooms and the lads were walking back out." Dale added.

"We know we had a lot of games in hand and we realised that if we beat those around us we'd go a long way towards being safe. If we get to about 45 points, we should be all right. It's been a couple of months since we first got out of it at the bottom and went above Grimsby and it was a really good feeling, if a strange one."

"It's great going into games now thinking 'we can go above this team today', It's not exactly a case of shoving two fingers up at the league, more a case of 'you can keep putting us down, but we'll keep going'."

The 23 year old from Bolton on Dearne is out of contract in the summer, but is hoping to stay with the Millers; "I'm enjoying my football. I think everyone's the same when they are playing." he said.

"I'm out of contract at the end of the season and we'll see what happens. I'd definitely like to stay, but it's a case of whether the club still want me. Hopefully, they'll come sooner rather than later with an offer and we'll take it from there." he added
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