Rotherham United: Millers striker on growing belief

Daniel Nardiello
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Goal ace Daniel Nardiello has touched on the optimism permeating the Rotherham United squad over their prospects in League One.

He tempered any wild thoughts but suggested there’s a growing belief amongst the players over their first season at this level.

“Looking at the squad - and I said this last season - we have a fantastic squad, both in terms of depth and quality of player,” said Nardiello.

“We had two players away on international duty and one or two injuries too and still beat Sheffield United 3-1.

“I believe we definitely have a squad in place to do alright this season. I’m not saying we’re going to win the league or go up - it is far too early to say - but we have a belief in the squad and we are building some momentum.

“We have been unbeaten in the league so far and it’s a run which stretches back to (take in) the last five games of last season. There are a lot of players who can score goals and a lot of good defensive players.

“What is important is that this squad believes we can go out and win any game. That means taking each game individually, then let’s see where we are at the end of the year.”

He said the players believed they could turn round the 1-0 deficit to Sheffield United as they went out for the second half.

“The Gaffer identified something wasn’t quite right, which is what he’s paid to do, and he was right to change to 4-4-2 and it helped us. We weren’t particularly poor in the first half but something wasn’t quite right and the change enabled us to do what we’re good at and to play to our strengths.

“We’ve got to keep producing what we have been doing, not get lazy, keep working hard and doing what we’re good at.”

For Saturday’s home game with Oldham, Kari Arnason and Michael O’Connor are available again.

Arnason played in Iceland’s 2-1 win over Albania on Tuesday whilst O’Connor was a 35th minute sub for N.Ireland in the 3-2 defeat in Luxembourg.

Craig Morgan, who injured an ankle against the Blades, remains a doubt.

n Kayode Odejayi has joined Accrington Stanley on loan.