IT may well have been an ultimately heavy home defeat but few Rotherham United followers would argue against Andy Scott’s point that there were genuine positives to take from the confrontation with Sven Goran Erikkson’s Leicester City this week.
Certainly from the first half and a bit anyway.
The final half-hour or so, the eventual scoreline and the ease with which Leicester eventually won, quite possibly detracted from the good work the Millers did earlier on. Scott insists it shouldn’t.
Leicester may not have been at full strength but they still had plenty of players of Championship quality and the odd international in there too. But they were stiffly tested during the best of Scott’s men in the first half.
“I think that first half will help everyone,” says Scott. “Players must believe more in themselves, look around the dressing room and realise they have got good players around them.
“My belief in them was justified in that first half. But those who have been here a while have taken a few knocks and disappointments in the past couple of years.
“But it’s not about that, about negatives; this is a different regime, a different set of lads, a different way of doing things.
“There were a lot of positives and we’ll work on the things we’ve done wrong.”
“What we did against a top class side means we are going the right way about it. We had a good performance on Saturday and we believe we are doing the right things.
“Certainly we did not meet quality like that in pre-season and we won’t be doing so in League Two. Maybe had we been together another year then perhaps we could have caused an upset.
“But once the players recognise they can do it then we’ll be a lot better off. We are a work in progress.”
He gave a debut to new central defender Michael Raynes, signed from Scunthorpe. who came in for Troy Brown who was away with Wales Under 21s.
“I’ve a tough decision to make there over those two,” added Scott as he pondered the team selection possibilities for Saturday’s trip to Plymouth Argyle.
“It’s the first really difficult choice I’ve had to make but that’s what I’m here for.”