It seems to have almost gone unnoticed that Rotherham United have notched up a few clean sheets just lately.
It’s now four in the last five games which rather eclipses the four managed in the first 18 games.
Adam Collin was even in goal for one of those and his selection ahead of Scott Shearer has coincided with the goals against column taking on a few welcome blanks. Signed from Carlisle United in the summer, Collin missed out - as expected - to Shearer when it came to being first choice at the season’s start.
Shearer was getting criticism from fans, a shade harshly based on some of the judgments of goals conceded. It did transpire - after his matchwinning last minute brilliance at Brentford - that he had been labouring under some family illness.
Collin was to get his chance a short time later and he has grasped it, not least with some important stops in some of the last eight games in which he has started.
“I came here to play and it has been a bit frustrating,” said Collin. “But I have had to learn to bide my time.
“Then, if I got my chance then I had to take it. That’s what you have to do.
“I have been happy to keep some clean sheets and it’s great when they contribute to the team winning. But I know Scott (Shearer) is there and it helps because he’s pushing me just as he knows I’m pushing him.”
The only goal he has conceded in the last five was in the 2-1 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win at Hartlepool - a game Rotherham would certainly have lost but for Collin. He hasn’t had a great deal to do in the last five games but has pulled off important saves in isolated moments including a smart stop from Bradford City’s only effort of the first half in the FA Cup tie.
Collin will be hoping to add to his clean sheets this afternoon when the Millers take on Gillingham at the New York Stadium looking to make it seven unbeaten in all competitions.