Players left behind in Scott’s Millers transition

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WITH Rotherham United are going through a transitional stage, manager Andy Scott claims that some of the squad have not adapted to the changing times as he expected them to.

“People mention ‘transitional’ but we had 11 players out of contract last year and have 11 more this season,” said Scott.

“It means we were split into two groups and I was hoping that the players we had brought in would drag a lot of these 11 into a group that can cope, mentally and physically, with what we’re doing.

“But maybe some have not made that transition.

“Given the short time I had here last season when I saw things that were good, maybe I did not have the opportunity to see what was bad.

“Players have to come with us, and what we’re seeing now is, perhaps, no big surprise, just disappointing. Perhaps it’s why they have not been promoted in recent years.”

Scott is contemplating making changes and additions to the squad in the New Year.

“We need players who are mentally strong enough and have got the ability and the game knowledge to put everything into practice,” he added.

Rotherham, who are four points off the play-offs, head for Hereford today and it was against the Bulls, in Scott’s first game in charge in April, that Rotherham were last involved in a goalless draw.

They haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home since the 6-0 win at Lincoln City last March, the game after Ronnie Moore’s departure as manager.

Meanwhile, Rotherham’s trip to Gillingham - changed from January 7 due to the Kent club’s FA Cup involvement that day - has been rescheduled for Tuesday February 21 (7.45pm).