Ex-physio has Bulls in fine shape

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THERE just might be something in this idea of giving the manager’s job to the physio!

When Brian Laws left Scunthorpe for Sheffield Wednesday they replaced him with the physio Nigel Adkins who enjoyed promotion success and has since moved on to Southampton, now second in League One.

The latest physio making a fist of the manager’s job is Jamie Pitman, in charge of Hereford United who are Rotherham United’s visitors to the Don Valley Stadium tomorrow.

Pitman, a former player at Edgar Street, was put in temporary charge after the club sacked former Barnsley manager Simon Davey after a disastrous start to this season.

Fortunes improved to such an extent that Pitman was handed the job permanently and they have continued to battle their way from the bottom. They are not yet out of danger being five points above second-bottom and their situation is three points worse than it should have been because of the recent points deduction.

They were docked three points for fielding an ineligible player in a 3-1 win over Torquay on February 1, the loan player having not been registered in time.

They arrive bouyed by last Saturday’s 3-0 win over leaders Chesterfield, the best performance of the season from the Bulls, and also do so boasting a pretty impressive away record.

They have won eight times on their travels and this included a run of five straight away wins including successes at Aldershot, Torquay and Stevenage.

The recent record is one defeat in their last six games and manager Pitman says: “The last few weeks have shown we are capable of getting a good result.

“We have drawn too many and certainly lost too many but we have pulled out a favourable result when we’ve really needed to.

“The players have kept ploughing on, plugging away and haven’t moaned about anything and you have to give them credit.”

Former Sheffield Wednesday and Crewe Alexandra midfielder Kenny Lunt is established as a key player in midfield whilst striker Stuart Fleetwood has 17 goals this season and is playing alongside Steve Leslie on loan from Shrewsbury.

Striker Waide Fairhurst, on loan from Doncaster Rovers, was on the bench last week.

Rotherham go into the game knowing they need a win to stay in touch with the Play-offs.

The other fixtures featuring the Play-off contenders are Accrington v Oxford Utd, Gillingham v Morecambe, Stevenage v Aldershot, Torquay v Port Vale, Shrewsbury v Stockport.