Free-scoring Millers on the road to Christmas points, hopes Scott

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MANAGER Andy Scott believes Rotherham United are better equipped to pick up points on the road than they are at home.

Three out of the Millers’ four league fixtures in December are away from the Don Valley Stadium. Scott’s promotion hopefuls have to contend with trips to Hereford, Macclesfied and Cheltenham. A home clash with AFC Wimbledon is sandwiched in between the three away dates.

“We have done well away from home, scored a lot of goals and looked very dangerous going forwards,” said Scott, who has described the hectic festive programme as ‘ridiculous’. “Maybe that suits the way we are set up to play. I’m excited by what we can do going forwards but we have got to shut up shop at the back and that is what we are going to try and do over the next couple of months.

“It it clear if we shore up defensively, then we have got a hell of a chance of achieving something this season.

“It has to come from within the players we have got here and, if it doesn’t, we will make more changes.”

With winger turned right-back Marcus Marshall set to serve a one-match ban in the wake of his sending off at Shrewsbury, Scott will have to make another alteration to the back four for the showdown at Edgar Street.

Left-back Jon Harley, barred from featuring at Shrewsbury by parent club Notts County, is also expected to return at the weekend at the expense of Tom Newey.

Guy Branston suffered an ankle problem at Shrewsbury and is a major doubt to be fit for Saturday.

Scott could play Dale Tonge in the right full-back position while Michael Raynes and Troy Brown are in contention to partner Johnny Mullins in the middle.