Marshall bears the scars of switch to full-back

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THERE was a surprise for Rotherham United followers when Marcus Marshall lined up at right-back for the friendly with Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.

The right winger - a flying one for the first half of last season - was playing there “on a hunch” by Millers manager Andy Scott.

“It might be a brainwave but I just feel that he has the attributes to be a modern-day full-back; it’s a hunch,” said Scott.

“I thought he defended better than expected and we will work on his defensive side of the game and see if he likes it and whether it can work. He enjoyed it anyway and it is another opportunity to stake a claim for a place.

“Marcus is a more than capable right winger but I decided to take a look at him at right-back,” added Scott who said he once converted a left winger to left-back at Brentford and the player was later transferred for big money.

Marshall went off in the second half... “He had stitches in a facial cut so that means he’s a proper defender now,” chuckled Scott.

On the opposite side to Marshall was Jeff Smith, also better known as a left-sided midfielder rather than a left-back.

He is currently having a trial spell with the Millers and has gone with them to their training camp in Portugal. “Jeff is someone who can operate down that left-hand side in more than a single position and I need options.

“In fact, I would like two players for each position,” added Scott.

Back on Monday, the Millers send a side to Stocksbridge Park on Tuesday and entertain Scunthorpe on Wednesday.