A Liddell bit of credit for dropped Alf

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TOP scorer Adam Le Fondre found himself left out of Rotherham United’s line-up for the third time in the four matches that Andy Liddell has been in caretaker-charge of Rotherham United.

But Liddell says that the little goal-poacher, very much a regular in the side throughout the season, has taken the decisions well.

Le Fondre, who has 22 goals to his name this season, was on the bench when Liddell and assistant Paul Warne selected their first side which was for the game at Lincoln.

It wasn’t the first time he had been left out. Former manager Ronnie Moore ‘rested’ him for the game at Bradford City on March 8.

After the Lincoln game, he was also on the bench against Shrewsbury (scoring after he went on). After starting the home game against Morecambe, he was sidelined again at Cheltenham last Saturday with the recalled Tom Pope taking his place.

“Alf took the decision all right; in fact, they all have done,” said Liddell. “He’s not happy when he’s not playing but that’s not just him, it’s others as well.

“Picking a team is hard; me and Paul (Warne) are new to it but we’re trying our best.

“When the decision has been made then there is thought as to how to explain to the player and I think they would say that I’m honest with them. Whoever they are, tell them what they’re doing wrong, what they’re doing right and how they can improve.

“You hope for the right response and we’ve all seen how they’ve responded after they’ve been left out.

He added; “I’ve no problems telling them what I think because I’m honest and if you explain then they understand, although they’re disappointed because they want to play.”