AFTER a milestone occasion against Wigan Athletic last month, Jamie Proctor is eyeing another red-letter day against the same opponents this afternoon.
The Rotherham United striker emphatically announced himself back on the first-team stage after almost a year out with a serious knee injury with a memorable brace in a 3-1 Carabao Cup win over the Latics last month.
The Lancastrian, who played for the whole duration of Wednesday night’s 3-1 cup exit at Everton, says that he is now ready for the next stage of his comeback, a first Championship start after three substitute appearances.
Proctor said: “I have got to keep pushing, playing and building up my fitness and hopefully the chances will come.
“It felt good for the 90 minutes (at Everton) and it was my first 90 minutes since being back.
“I have played in most of the games (this season) and to do my first 90 against Premier League opposition was great.
“You could see respect they gave us by the team that they (Everton) put out.
“They had Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is an international and went for big money and had top players all over the pitch.
“For me to be involved and for the lads to do as they did has got to be respected.”
A grand occasion in front of almost 32,000 fans at Goodison Park represented a marquee one for Proctor and his Millers team-mates, but they are under no illusions that today’s occasion – likely to be played out in front of a vastly smaller crowd – is ultimately much more important.
It felt good for the 90 minutes (at Everton) and it was my first 90 minutes since being back.Jamie Proctor
Proctor added: “Everton is a brilliant ground and club and a proper Premier League club. They almost sold it out on Wednesday and when you walked out, it felt like a proper game.
“It did not feel like a second-round tie and it was a great atmosphere and good game and good to be part of.
“We obviously want to win every game we play in but looking at the bigger picture, our aim is to stay in this league and fight for the points.
“Saturday is a massive game as is every game in this league.”