Rotherham United’s management are convinced that Alex Revell will score more goals this season.
The tall striker wasn’t first choice at the start of last season and even seemed on his way out but turned down a chance to go elsewhere by electing to stay and fight for his place.
He earned his place in the side and became a key figure in the promotion drive although he only scored six times. It was suggested that he was doing so much work and foraging outside the penalty area, that he wasn’t in goalscoring positions as often as he could be.
It is a theme assistant manager Paul Raynor touched on when suggesting the big man can get more goals in League One.
“We looked at the dvd’s and felt that he spent a lot of time outside the penalty area,” said Raynor.
We couldn’t fault his effort and what he was giving us but we want to minimise the touches on the ball he has and for him to get in the box.
“If he does that and gets in the middle of the goal then. with the quality we have in terms of our delivery, I think he will get goals.
“Alex has taken things on board but we have got to create those opportunities for him and for others too.”
Raynor says he was happy with the number of opportunities created in the unlucky 3-2 home defeat by Middlesbrough on Tuesday - when Revell scored.
“We created what must have been ten good opportunities against a good side and that was very pleasing,” he said.
The Millers have their final pre-season game against Barnsley tomorrow (3pm) and Raynor acknowledges the Reds’ quality on the ball will give the Millers a big test.
Lee Frecklington has missed the past two games with a hip injury and is battling to return. Daniel Nardiello, hamstring, will not figure against one of his former clubs.
Manager Steve Evans was at Hillsborough on Wednesday to check on the Owls who they meet in the Capital One Cup on August 6.