ROTHERHAM UNITED: Patterson stresses attacking approach

Praised players: Caretaker boss Darren Patterson.  Picture: paul wickson
Praised players: Caretaker boss Darren Patterson. Picture: paul wickson
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DARREN Patterson says that Rotherham United will continue to be bold and look to attack.

He leads the side on a first-ever visit to AFC Wimbledon’s Kingsmeadow for this afternoon’s clash looking to build on two wins in three within which has been some encouraging play.

“We got four against Macclesfield, played extremely well when taking the game to Crawley and battered them in the first half and then played really well in the first half against Hereford last Saturday,” said Patterson.

“We want more of the same and I reckon we have got nothing to lose.

“I have encouraged a slightly more aggressive approach, looking to attack teams and I think we have seen that in all three games.

“There’s no reason why we can’t keep that going and that’s the aim.”

He added: “We will be going to Wimbledon looking to be on the front foot, certainly not to sit back. We will be taking the game to them.”

“I have been very happy with the players and how we have set our stall out.

“I am an easy going, positive guy but I don’t suffer any fools. We have a very honest bunch of players here and they are a pleasure to work with.

“They have, at times, let themselves down this year and they know that. We all know that. But to work with them on a daily basis, we have not had a minute’s bother from any of them. Everyone who has been left out of the side has been respectful.

“They have made it difficult for me and I thank them for it because they have trained exceptionally well. We are all together.

Patterson could stick by the same side which would mean Lewis Grabban looking to reach the 20 goal mark. His winner last week was No 19.

In their first league season, AFC Wimbledon have all but secured their safety and Patterson says they have done “remarkably well”.

“The manager has done a terrific job so it is going to be a tough game. Certainly it is great to see them in the Football League. Their story is remarkable.”

On Monday, Rotherham entertain Cheltenham (3pm).