Ronnie’s boy keeps a Lidd on the pain

Npower Football League Two 'Lincoln City v Rotherham Utd at Sincil Bank 'Ian Thomas-Moore celebrates with the fans
Npower Football League Two 'Lincoln City v Rotherham Utd at Sincil Bank 'Ian Thomas-Moore celebrates with the fans
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AS far as anyone knows, it hasn’t happened before and may very well not happen again. It will certainly take some doing!

Dad loses his job as the manager in the week and in the next game, a few days later, his son scores a hat-trick for the same club!

It may be no Moore in one respect but “his lad” showed that the legacy is lasting in some respects, Ian Thomas-Moore getting his first goals for the club and a hat-trick into the bargain.

No doubt ex-boss Ronnie would have had a chuckle and said something along the lines of ... “Had you scored previously I might still be in a job.”

For Ian, his hat-trick in Friday’s 6-0 demolition of Lincoln City (a 10th straight win over the Imps) came at the end of what he admitted had been a tough week.

“It was very difficult for me,” said Ian who was at Tranmere when Ronnie lost his job there too.

“You can’t just park it to one side when something like that happens because it is such a big thing.

“He’s been at Rotherham for nearly two years and they’ve not been out of the top six so it was a really dodgy time to make the decision but the chairman made it and I’ve just got to get on with it to the best of my ability.

“My dad made a big decision bringing me to the club and, probably, the first seven or eight games haven’t gone that well for me.

“I signed to play for this football club and I could have jacked it in because my dad’s gone but I’m a professional, I’ve another year left and I’m going to play on and do as well as I can.

“I’ve done okay so far but I’ve been on the left and the right but I always wanted to play up front, but with Alf (Adam le Fondre) scoring so often ... well, it wasn’t going to be easy. I knew when I got here that I’d be helping the side rather than playing in front of him.

“It was a big decision (dropping Le Fondre) to make on Friday and I was delighted to repay the faith and start scoring.

“Who knows, I might not be up front on Tuesday (against Shrewsbury) and if ‘Lidds’ (caretaker boss Andy Liddell) wants to put Alf back in then it’s his choice and I’ll back him all the way.”

Liddell said he’d no worries at all about Thomas-Moore in the wake of his dad’s departure.

“He’s a top professional,” he said. “I made the point to the players (that) in the friendly we played at Chesterfield he’d worked so hard yet his dad had just lost his job.

“We asked him to play up front and to work as hard as he possibly could - and he could have turned round to us and said ‘eh, my dad’s just lost his job’, but he ran around like a mad man and he ran around at Lincoln like a mad man and worked really hard and he’s got three goals.

“He’s a good player whether he’s Ronnie’s son or not.”

It was Rotherham’s second hat-trick of the season following on the four that Le Fondre scored against Cheltenham back in August.

The last time Rotherham scored six was December 2002 when winning 6-2 at Burnley in the Championship, that same season having opened with the Millers winning 6-0 at Millwall in August.