Millers boss seeks a rare clean sheet

'Terrific pro': Andy Warrington has earned Andy Scott's praise
'Terrific pro': Andy Warrington has earned Andy Scott's praise
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GOALKEEPER Andy Warrington will retain his place in Rotherham United’s side as they head to Bristol Rovers tonight.

Manager Andy Scott confirmed as much as he urged his side to strive for a clean sheet, something which has been a rarity this season.

Only twice have the Millers prevented the opposition from scoring - against Oxford United on the opening day of the season and then against Gillingham on August 27.

In the subsequent eight games they have conceded in each of them and at 17 in total, that means they are shedding goals at two per game.

“We do a lot of work on the defending side of things in training and we’d all love a clean sheet,” said Scott.

“Andy didn’t do anything wrong last week and he’s been fantastic and a terrific pro since he was told in the summer that he was free to leave if he wished.

“You have to make decisions on people but he decided to stay and he has been terrific, worked hard and never banged on my door wondering what’s going on.

“He got his head down and earned his chance. No one is immune from coming out of the side.”

The irony is that the goalkeeper he replaced, Conrad Logan, was at Bristol Rovers last season.

He went on loan from Leicester and played the final 16 games of the season which saw Rovers relegated.

They appointed Paul Buckle immediately after his Play-off Final near-miss against Stevenage and it was fully expected that they would be up with the challengers right from the off.

That hasn’t happened and they have had a stuttering start and have already lost three games at home.

However, Scott says it will be a difficult game - “they have brought in a lot of players and some good ones among them,” he said. “They have several strikers who are proven at this level.

“They are one of the big clubs in this division but we have to show we can meet these challenges. We have a spell of three away games in our next four matches and we need to get heading back in the right direction.”

The Millers boss will have defender Troy Brown available after his two appearances for Wales U21s - a 1-0 win over Montenegro and a 1-0 defeat to the Czech Republic, both at home. Scott has continued to make inquiries about a defender.

Brown has been unable to pin down a regular spot because of involvement with Wales but he was taken off at half-time in his last game at Port Vale when he started at right back. The game prior to that he started in centre defence against Southend.

Rovers have midfielder and skipper Matt Gill available again after a hamstring injury and he is a key player for them.

Rotherham are on a run of four straight defeats - three in the league - whilst Rovers have lost their last two.

However, their up-and-down season is reflected in the fact that, three games ago, they won at Morecambe who were then top whilst they recently had a 1-0 home win over another high-flyer Shrewsbury.

Tonight will see a home debut for striker Scott Rendell, on loan from Wycombe. He made his debut in last week’s 3-0 defeat at Oxford.