We've the best chance ever to succeed - Stewart

Last updated : 17 August 2012 By Bigrich.....

A beaming Stewart will address the crowd before kick off against Burton and told this weeks Tiser about his thoughts past and present leading upto the big day.

"We'll all be a little bit nervous tomorrow. It's a big occasion and there are league points at stake but there is so much to be excited about. Firstly, I have to say that the response to the new stadium has been incredible. I go down there every day and see people walking around. They say nice things and are enjoying what we've got. People are embracing it and have come along in their numbers. In fact, some I have never seen at matches at Millmoor, let alone at Don Valley Stadium.

"The four home matches we've had so far couldn't have gone better and the away supporters joined in with the spirit of things. We filled the kop against Sheffield United and the sound generated resonated around and made the hair stand on end – and we never had that at Don Valley. The enthusiasm of the crowd, you could tell it made a difference to the players. The manager had a smile on his face because he could hear the new chants adopted for him."

Tony adds: "Looking at other areas of the stadium, we have let three main areas. The club shop is vibrant. We sold out of first team shirts a few weeks ago and we have some more coming in September. Make no mistake, the first three league games are going to be a challenge but they are ones we relish and we need to be on our mettle. Everybody talks about a good start but we have a fresh momentum because we have a new ground and a new manager and we demand three points. The team knows that and the manager knows that. Everything is in place now and there are no excuses. I have always backed my managers and bought into what they were doing but with time and experience - and this will be my fifth season - I have learnt a lot and still have a lot to learn. But what I can say is that I feel Rotherham United have the best chance they have ever had. There's a tempo and a passion and a drive that I've not seen at this time of year.

"In the past we could have signed certain players had it not been for the fact we were at Don Valley. The wealth and quality of the players we've got, some wouldn't have come had we still been there. But added to that, these are people who will stay with us for a promotion push and beyond. We've not yet seen the first team in competitive mode, working for points. We've seen the engine running but we haven't seen it accelerate yet. We know what we're capable of and we'll hit the ground running."