THERE was a real irony in Rotherham United’s beleaguered players, the painful memories still fresh, playing at the B2net Stadium again just four days after their biggest hiding.
It was classed as a reserve friendly except it was never going to be that simply because the new men at the Millers’ helm decided to take along every member of the first team squad. And play them.
Caretaker manager Andy Liddell, aided by Paul Warne along with Andy Dibble, had decided nothing would be gained by sending along squad players and some youngsters to play Chesterfield’s second string.
So, they effectively put everyone in the same boat and at least let everyone get 45 minutes in as they looked on with a rather different view to the fairly detached one they’d been used to.
As to clues as to who may figure at Lincoln City tomorrow night, it might have needed a combination of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot to get near an answer.
The first half XI comprised Warrington; Tonge, Cresswell, Ashworth, Green; Marshall, Bradley, J Taylor, Daley; Thomas-Moore, R Taylor.
The second half side was Annerson; Kennedy, Cresswell, Mullins, Newey; Law, Harrison, Randall, Brogan; Le Fondre, Henderson.
Nick Fenton sat out the 2-0 win as a precaution due to a hamstring injury.
The caretakers - with former Barnsley and Wigan defender Nicky Eaden now in to make a coaching quartet - will make the key decision sometime tomorrow. Who plays at Sincil Bank.
One advantage is that they at least know all the players.
Perhaps secondly is that they know those players will be under pressure to perform at Lincoln and put in a performance.
Whether it produces a win or a draw, no one can tell, but they go in with the manager gone and themselves under the spotlight after the letdown - for them too - at Chesterfield last Friday.
They may feel they owe themselves one as well as the fans!