Staying overnight helps Curle's Notts County
NOTTS County made the trip to Rotherham the day before their FA Cup second round tie against the League Two club.
It is just under 43 miles from Meadow Lane to the New York Stadium – so only takes an hour up the M1.
But Magpies' boss Keith Curle said staying there overnight was a key part of their preparations – and was glad the board backed his unusual plan.
"I've got to thank the club for allowing us to prepare how we thought was the right way so even though it was a short journey we came up the day before," said Curle.
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"It's probably unprecedented, but the value was there.
"Our preparation was key and if we'd left on Saturday morning the players would have been up early and driving to meet at the hotel for 11am for a pre-match meal.
"Because we came up on Friday we were able to have a meeting in the morning and then the players had a leisurely few hours, with no stress, no drama, and we were able to get focused very early in the day.
"It was important the club backed us in our plans and preparation for the game."
Notts were certainly quick out of the blocks in the first half and striker Yoann Arquin volleyed them ahead with his seventh goal of the season, but Millers' midfielder Ben Pringle levelled before half-time as the tie ended 1-1.
"I thought we started the game very well and looked a big goal threat," added Curle.
"We were on the front foot in the first half and caused them a lot of problems, but we gave away a needless goal just before half-time.
"We probably committed too many players forward, which is unnecessary, but that is all part of the learning curve for the players.
"We are a team that likes to spring and get players forward, but they can't all do it.
"They had the majority of the play in the second half because we couldn't build off of our centre forward, which is key when you go away from home."