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EV­ERY­ONE made Pre­ston favourites to win the play-offs. And when Paul Gal­lagher scored the first goal at New York on Thurs­day, it looked like they were right.

But, as I said last week, never write Rother­ham off. No team in League One has won more points from los­ing po­si­tions and the Millers proved true to form as they came back to win 3-1 on the night.

They re­mind me very much of my old Notts County side. They’ve got a bit of flair, a bit of pace, a bit of power. But above all they’ve got that never-say­die at­ti­tude and team spirit which money can’t buy.

Ben Pringle has a fab­u­lous left foot on him. Kieran Agard is lively. They’ve got a great mix and when you get on a roll like that, it’s the best feel­ing for a man­ager. Steve Evans must be qui­etly con­fi­dent and af­ter that per­for­mance, I would make them favourites against Ley­ton Ori­ent at Wem­b­ley.

As a for­mer player, it’s great to see Rother­ham bounc­ing again. With all the fi­nan­cial prob­lems, points de­duc­tions and rel­e­ga­tions, their fans have been short­changed over the last few years.

But chair­man Tony Ste­wart re­ally has put his hand in his pocket. He’s spent £25m of his own money, built a fan­tas­tic new sta­dium and got the club march­ing for­ward.

What I like is that they didn’t go silly and build a 40,000seater sta­dium. I re­mem­ber at Ply­mouth Ar­gyle, they re­leased plans for a 20,000-seater sta­dium and some fans were play­ing hell, ar­gu­ing it should be 30,000. It’s fine to dream big, but you have to be real­is­tic as well.

Rother­ham did that. They built a ground their fans will fill – the ca­pac­ity is around 12,000. It’s al­ways full, al­ways got a great at­mos­phere. That’s the way for­ward for any club at that level.

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