Rotherham United: Smart Alex on a high as he recalls low point

Alex Revell leaps to celebrate his late, late winner against former club Leyton Orient. Pic: Paul Wickson.
Alex Revell leaps to celebrate his late, late winner against former club Leyton Orient. Pic: Paul Wickson.
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Alex Revell basked in the memory of his last-gasp match-winning moment for Rotherham United and reflected on the contrast between that and the lowest point of his season.

The stoppage-time winner to sink his former club, Leyton Orient was his second match-winning act of the week following his double in the 2-1 win at Tranmere last Tuesday.

But while the big striker says he now has an ‘inner belief’, he couldn’t help recalling his lowest moment back in October at MK Dons when his confidence in front of goal deserted him completely, leading to him being taken off at half-time and dropped for the next game.

He was having a lean time, with only one league goal. In that game he was clean through but, instead of shooting, he attempted to pass the ball and the chance went begging.

“I should have scored and that knocked me, it knocked me a lot,” he said.

“It took me a while to come back from that, to be honest, but now I have got this inner belief.

“I’ve always said I’d work hard and the work I do with Warney (Paul Warne) on finishing is paying off. If you keep going then you’ll get your rewards and I believe that.

“Luckily, at the minute, it’s happening for me and I’m trying things I wouldn’t have done before.”

“It was a great ball from Rich (Smallwood), and the best type of shot at that moment is a kind of instinct shot. You don’t think about it but I knew it was pointless to blast it and I turned and placed it. I didn’t really see it until it hit the net and the reaction ... well, it’s just such a great feeling getting the winner in circumstances like that.

“It was against my former club and you see some players not celebrating because of that, but the timing of it and the crowd reaction, well, you just can’t stop yourself.”

New signing Nicky Adams was unavailable, the paperwork not done in time for the Friday noon matchday deadline.