Rotherham United No 2 Paul Raynor has backed striker Jordan Bowery to keep scoring.
Bowery, after bagging his first goal in two years as a substitute at Bournemouth last Saturday, notched another on Tuesday night, coming off the bench as the Millers slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Bolton.
Raynor said: “Another goal should mean he has lots of confidence. People kept doubting he could score goals but he has shown he can, so why not get some more?
Former Chesterfield ace Bowery joined Rotherham in pre-season for a then-club-record fee from Premier League Aston Villa.
Raynor added: “The move to Villa didn’t work out as everyone hoped but they obviously saw something and we have seen something.
“Two goals coming off the bench is a real positive for him.”
Rotherham spurned a great opportunity to beat Bolton, having led 1-0 at half-time against a team who had been without a league win.
A goalkeeping error from Adam Collin gifted Wanderers the winner in the 84th minute.
“You can’t tighten up from a big lump into the penalty area. That happens in games. We just didn’t deal with it,” Raynor said.
“We lost a header, it’s gone up in the air and I think if Adam’s honest he should deal with it and punch it clear. He didn’t do that.
“That’s a ball that comes into the box 10/20 times a game.
“That’s not tactical. That’s sticking your head on the ball in the penalty area. That’s the nitty-gritty and the defensive side of the game. We didn’t do that well enough and that’s what’s cost us.
“We felt Bolton were there for the taking - they’re low on confidence - and we were proved right until we conceded three sloppy goals“We can’t defend like that and win football matches, not at the level we’re playing at. We’ve been punished for slack defending.
“All the goals were avoidable. We’ve prided ourselves on our defensive qualities this season. We’d not conceded too many goals. It’s was the other end where we needed to create more opportunities. We did that, but then conceded sloppy goals.”
New striker Luciano played for nearly an hour, and Raynor said: “He needs to get fitter. He did better than Saturday but is under no illusions about it, he knows he needs to be fitter.
“He was only going to play 50/60 minutes, that was the plan.
“We have quality waiting to come on.”