WITH much attention focused on their trials and tribulations in defensive areas, it’s perhaps not the timeliest moment for Rotherham United to come up against League Two’s top scorer tomorrow.
Justin Richards has scored seven times already for Paul Peschisolido’s Burton Albion who he joined in the summer from Port Vale.
There he scored 14 times in all last season as he formed a successful partnership with Marc Richards the man whose two goals sank the Millers last Saturday.
He is now linking up with the giant Calvin Zola and the small but lively Billy Kee formerly of Accrington Stanley and Torquay.
Since their last clean sheet (one of only two) at the end of August, Rotherham have conceded in each of the seven subsequent matches with a couple of threes and a four in for good measure.
Such sequences mean that every goal against gets closely scrutinised and, it seems, criticised from the stands whether rightly or wrongly.
Boss Andy Scott, who says he’s looking for a clean sheet, has been trying to address matters on the training ground and, this week, in terms of recruitment.
Injury concerns over Ryan Cresswell, the lengthy absence of Mark Bradley (who
has a surgery next week for his dislocated and broken shoulder) and Troy Brown away with Wales Under 21s, leave Scott down to a back four that picks itself.
The only possible cover
would be winger Marcus Marshall for right-back and Luke Foster who has been in midfield for the reserves but can play in centre defence.
In goal, Scott has a bigger dilemma than seemed likely when he brought in Conrad Logan on loan. Andy Warrington got another outing in midweek and is challenging the on-loan Logan who admitted his own culpability in Port Vale’s opener last week.
“I’ve got two good goalkeepers challenging for the place and it’s certainly better than only having one,” said Scott.
Burton arrive a point and two places behind the Millers.