Defending is a job for all the team - Scott

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ROTHERHAM United manager Andy Scott declined to point fingers at individuals over errors in goal concession and, instead, said the whole team should take responsibility and had to be better defensively.

The Millers boss said he was “not happy” about the goals conceded and the number of them but insisted it wasn’t just about the back four.

“Let’s be stronger mentally; let’s be more aggressive; let’s be more pro-active,” he said ahead of tomorrow’s home game with Paul Sturrock’s Southend United.

“The mental strength has to come from everyone with people all doing their jobs properly.”

It is a game Rotherham go into as joint top scorers in the country on 21, the same as Manchester United and Port Vale, but with 12 conceded.

“We’re certainly entertaining to watch. I want to enjoy watching them and I’m sure the fans do. They want attacking football but the bottom line is winning.”

“Maybe there’ll be a bit of tweaking but the way we play isn’t going to change. We can beat anyone if we play to our potential but this is a tough league,” he added.

Sturrock’s Southend arrive only three points and four places behind the Millers.

They will have lanky striker Liam Dickinson, formerly at Barnsley, and who the Millers had for a day pre-season when they were looking at various strikers. They decided not to follow that one up and he joined Southend.

Last week he was partnered by Blair Sturrock with veteran Neil Harris, the former Millwall man, on the bench.

“We will keep working to rectify problems. When we’ve previously identified areas for improvement, what has then pleased me is that where we have fallen down in certain games, we have picked up the following game and improved in those areas,” added Scott.

Rotherham haven’t beaten Southend in the last seven home meetings, including the only Don Valley Stadium clash last season. Last home win was in 1980 by 2-1 with two Gerry Forrest penalties.