THE Johnstone’s Paint Trophy holds a bitter-sweet memory for Millers’ boss Andy Scott.
Last season, he led Brentford to the brink of the final but then never got the opportunity to lead them out at Wembley on the big day.
Scott was sacked four days before the second leg of the Southern Area Final against Exeter which Brentford won to earn their Wembley date where they went down 1-0 to Carlisle.
“It was a major disappointment for me because the team got there and I wasn’t able to lead them out,” says Scott who saw Brentford win three penalty shoot-outs on the way!
“I want to manage a team at Wembley and so fulfill an ambition, just as players want to play there. At this level, players get two realistic chances of getting there in a season - in this competition and via the play-offs.
“Perhaps the first couple of rounds are reckoned an irritant by some but a couple of wins and you start to sense something.
“Anyway, it’s about winning. Fans want to see their team win whatever the competition, even a friendly. We’ve got a great draw and I think it’ll be a good game.”
Keeper Andy Warrington will get a recall tonight against Sheffield United.
Scott confirmed he would play, saying: “Andy has been a fantastic professional whether in training or playing for the reserves.”
There could also be one or two other changes and Troy Brown is unavailable (and also for the Burton home game on Saturday) because of Welsh international duty.
Scott says he will check on how Michael Raynes is after the illness that nearly forced him to miss out at Port Vale. His availability could mean Johnny Mullins getting the expected rest that had been planned after his first start for five months on Saturday.
If Raynes can’t play then it appears Mullins would start.
Either way it could mean an opportunity in centre defence for midfielder Mark Bradley who played there pre-season and did so for the reserves last week.
Others who could be pushing for a start are Marcus Marshall, Ben Pringle and Chris Holroyd.