Half-time Shrimps rant proves Millers catalyst

Injury setback: Millers forward Gareth Evans is ruled out until the New Year with an ankle injury.
Injury setback: Millers forward Gareth Evans is ruled out until the New Year with an ankle injury.
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AS his team strives to take their unbeaten run to seven matches at home to Crawley Town tomorrow, Rotherham United boss Andy Scott admits that the half-time rant when he ‘lost it’ may have been a turning point in the club’s season.

It happened at Morecambe last month when the Millers, 3-0 down at one stage, returned to the dressing room 3-1 behind.

“I can see myself now in the changing room, how I lost it and went for it, the first time I’d had to do it,” said Scott who completed the signing of Brentford winger Sam Wood on loan to January 9 yesterday.

“It seemed to have worked but I don’t want to have to do it again. There was a realisation amongst the group that, as staff, we know what we’re talking about.

“That when it’s done the way we want them to do it, then it works and the performance in that second half at Morecambe was one of the best you’re going to see.

“Since then the penny has dropped about doing what we want them to do.”

He added: “From my point of view, the way the whole psyche of the players changed at half-time (at Morecambe) because they knew I meant business. If they weren’t going to do what we wanted them to, then they wouldn’t be playing for me.

“It has galvanised us as a group, brought us together after the difficult spell and the criticism, some of it justified you can’t deny that. Now we want to keep our run going.”

He acknowledges that the visit of second-placed Crawley - the first-ever meeting of the clubs - represents a tough challenge.

He has to do so without winger Gareth Evans who is set to be out until January and possibly up to three months with a worst-case scenario that his ankle damage suffered last Saturday could even put him out for longer.

“He sees a specialist next Tuesday and we’ll know the extent of the damage then and how long he is likely to be missing,” said Scott. “But certainly to January and it could be months - it’s a blow because he’s been a fantastic signing.”

Scott previously signed replacement Wood at Brentford - “he’s a tough, hard working type, who knows the way I play and was Player of the Year at Brentford”.