Rotherham United: Millers striker stakes his claim

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When Steve Evans made his changes to the Rotherham United side for the final league game, he invited players to go and stake a claim for a Play-off place.

Well, Wes Thomas only played 45 minutes but certainly put forward one of the strongest claims, not only for his two goals but also for looking as sharp as he has done since joining the club in January.

“I had an injury at first and that kept me out for a while,” said the speedy striker. “Then I had to be patient and, to be fair, the boys had been doing well.

“I felt good, felt sharp but it is difficult to get your sharpness back straightaway and need the appearances recently and they have definitely helped.

“Hopefully, I’m back to my best and at the right time to, hopefully, help fire us to promotion.

“It was an opportunity to stake a claim and I hope I took it.”

He was taken off at half-time with Millers boss Evans suggesting he wanted to keep the striker away from the action after “words were said” and in view of some feisty first half action.

“It was a bit spiky but that’s because both teams wanted to win and it was competitive, you’d expect that,” said Thomas who might have been playing against the Millers because Swindon wanted to sign him last Summer from Bournemouth but had two offers rejected.

“I think it was better to have a game like that than a lazy finish; it helped us put on a good performance and prepare us for what’s to come.”

The 27-year-old - whose last double was as a half-time substitute to enable Birmingham beat Derby County last season - has experienced the Play-offs before but without playing in them.

He was in the Dagenham squad when they edged Rotherham out in the 2010 League Two Play-off Finals.

“I was on the bench in both semi-finals legs and then for the final and didn’t get on but it’s a great feeling and hopefully I can experience it again but play a bigger part,” he added.

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