The re-emergence of Matt Tubbs has seen him throw down the gauntlet to fellow striker Daniel Nardiello in the bid to play up front alongside Alex Revell for Rotherham United.
However, the club’s new top scorer Kieran Agard has flashed a message to both that he could be in the frame too if neither of them can cement a central striking spot. The goal for Tubbs and his general performance, including a promising link with Revell, last Saturday seem set to give him another opportunity against Bradford in the FA Cup on Saturday. It was only his fifth league start.
Nardiello, after a delayed start to the season, had put himself in pole position and was first choice, not least by scoring five goals. However, two ineffectual performances in successive home games saw him lose his place and manager Steve Evans - who clashed with Nardiello last season - saying he wants him working harder.
It was always expected they would be vying for the “second striker” role but Agard - who has been operating in a wide right role but has been moved centrally on occasions - has shown he could make a bid too to partner Revell.
His goal on Saturday was his sixth of the season meaning he overtakes Nardiello and Lee Frecklington to become top scorer.
Meanwhile, the New York Stadium has staged its first ever penalty shoot-out and there was a remarkable double coincidence with the first one ever staged at the club’s old ground at Millmoor 22 years ago.
The new ground saw Rotherham’s youngsters beat Fleetwood Town by 7-6 on penalties on Tuesday in the FA Youth Cup and that was exactly the score of the first one at Millmoor when Rotherham beat Scunthorpe in what was the FA Cup competition’s historic first ever penalty shoot-out back in November 1991.
And one man ended up being with the losing club on both occasions 22 years apart - Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander was at the Youth Cup tie on Tuesday and back in 1991 he scored one of the Scunthorpe penalties in that losing shoot-out.