Christmas crunch as Lewis eyes play-off boost

Vital spell: Striker Lewis Grabban is looking for points over the festive period
Vital spell: Striker Lewis Grabban is looking for points over the festive period
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THE importance of picking up points over the Christmas period is not lost on Lewis Grabban.

“This is a busy time and it can make or break your season,” said Rotherham United’s leading goalscorer. “If we can get a good points return from these games then we can easily get back up near the top.

“We know what is at stake and that we need to start getting some positive results. We are 11 points off the top three but automatic promotion is do-able. We have just got to put a good run together.”

A lack of continuity in selection defensively has hampered the Millers promotion bid and Grabban acknowledges it has not helped their cause.

“It makes it difficult when you have to chop and change the team all the time,” he said.

Rotherham have still not kept a clean sheet away from Don Valley Stadium since Andy Scott’s appointment as boss. After conceding two goals at Edgar Street last weekend, it means the Millers have now shipped in 44 goals in 24 league and cup matches this season.

Grabban said: “Defending is not just about the back four. You have got to defend from the front. We have all got to do better as a unit.”

The Star understands Grabban is attracting the interest of Sheffield United, who are contemplating making an offer for the versatile player when the transfer window reopens in January.

The 23-year-old, primarily a striker who can operate on either flank, said: “I’m happy with my form but I want to score more goals.

“Andy has brought me in and given me the consistency of games. I have started every game and when you are confident that you are going to play, you take that on to the pitch. Early on in my career, I was in and out,but now I am reaping the rewards of playing regularly.”

Grabban added: “I am pleased to have scored as many goals as I have done but I want more. I know I can’t relax. I still have to keep a high conversation rate.

“As long as I keep getting the chances, I’m confident I will keep scoring the goals.”