Having fallen behind against the run of play, the Tigers roared back with two goals from Jackson Irvine and one from Fraizer Campbell putting them 3-1 up. They then saw the job through after the Millers pulled a late goal back, bagging a welcome three points in front of a vocal away following.
“I think what we saw was a team that really worked hard for each other, but we played some really good football as well,” said Adkins.
“We knew that set-pieces and long throws were going to be a threat that Rotherham offered and when you look at the last 15 minutes of the game, it was like the land of the giants at that end of the field.
“You have to defend against that and one great way of doing it is by keeping the football which is what we did for long periods. We scored three really good goals and responded well after going behind.
“Our first goal was a great one because it was something that we’d worked on – isolating Jackson at that far post. Fraizer’s found a real poacher’s finish, too, and from 3-1 up we could have gone on to get more because we had a few chances.
“Then in the latter stages Rotherham were throwing everything at us and you have to manage that. There are always going to be question marks over a young side but we demonstrated that we can handle it. I thought Reece Burke and Jordy de Wijs were outstanding at the back, as was young Robbie McKenzie when he came on for his debut.
“This game and result shows progress in a big way. We’ve played some good football and we’ve also shown that necessary resolve.
“The lads have shown passion, determination, grit and resolve whilst also playing some exciting football and scoring goals.
“Our fans were brilliant, especially in the last 15 minutes when it was needed more than ever. They got right behind the team.”