On the day one of the club’s most revered centre forwards is back in town, Rotherham United’s major talking point concerns who should be their centre forward tonight.
Ronnie Moore, whose scoring feats carved his own niche in Millers’ history well before his legendary spell as manager, brings his Tranmere Rovers side to tackle his old club at the New York Stadium.
Whether he will have to ponder his side dealing with Alex Revell is the chief issue arising around the Millers camp after the hard-working striker was taken off at half-time at MK Dons.
Millers boss Steve Evans said he’d made the decision, labelling it “an easy one to make”, after Revell passed instead of attempting to score himself just before half-time.
The question now facing Evans is: “Does he take him out of the firing line or does he back the player to be hungry enough to get out there and seek the next chance?”
The decision is more complicated because Tom Eaves, on loan from Bolton and yet to start, made an impression when going on in Revell’s place.
“You can pull him out or show confidence by keeping him in there,” said Evans on Revell.
“I know that opponents don’t want to play against him and a lot of managers talk in complimentary terms about him. Obviously what happened on Saturday meant he was low in confidence but the fact is you have to work yourself through things like this.
“You have to be focused on your game and hope that chances come your way and that you take them. You have to be willing to miss.
“Tom Eaves was excellent in the second half. But no decision has been taken yet, we’ll see how things are.”
They are without Michael O’Connor, who serves a one-match ban for Saturday’s red card, and Lee Frecklington with Evans saying he is out after reaching five bookings.
Michael Tidser comes into contention for his first league start (he began at York in the JPT) with other likely alternatives being Pablo Mills or moving Kari Arnason into midfield with Mills at the back. Also Ben Pringle could be moved centrally.
Arnason’s Iceland were yesterday drawn against Croatia in their World Cup Play-off qualifier with the first leg at home.
It means Arnason misses the JPT trip to Hartlepool, the league game at Stevenage on November 16 and would also be missing should Rotherham have a replay in the first round of the FA Cup.