Gillingham v Rotherham: Raynor hoping to get the measure of Gills

Paul Raynor.
Paul Raynor.
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ROTHERHAM UNITED have already recorded several milestones this season and are targeting another at Gillingham this afternoon.

The Priestfield Stadium has been a house of pain for the Millers for over a quarter of a century, with assistant-boss Paul Raynor believing it is high time that changed.

Given fourth-placed Millers’ magnificent unbeaten run since New Year’s Day, confidence certainly is not an issue as they aim to claim their first win in 13 at the Gills.

Raynor said: “I’m told it’s 1988 since we last won there, so that’s one record we have got to rectify straightaway.

“It’s very hostile at Gillingham and they get good support who get behind them and it will be very difficult.

“But we love breaking records. We did all those years ago at Crawley and the next record here is getting that first win at Gillingham since 1988.”

While fourth-placed Millers’ play-off place has looked rock-solid for a number of weeks, they can mathematically rubber-stamp a top-six spot with victory in Kent and for Raynor, it is the first incremental target, with hopefully several more to be hit between now and early May.

Raynor, who says the Millers are not ruling out catching second-placed Brentford, said: “We need three points to mathematically make sure that’s the case. The first target is to make sure we are in the play-offs and we’ve gone a long way to doing that and then we’ll look to either be third or fourth to make sure we get the second leg at home in the play-offs.

“Then we will look to see where we are when we’ve done that and if we can challenge the top two.

“That’s all we can do; we can just keep pressure on trying to win football matches.”