Sam’s the man

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SAM Wood, described by Rotherham’s assistant manager Darren Patterson “as a little bit of a pocket dynamo”, wants to deliver some action packed performances to repay the faith boss Andy Scott has shown in him.

The 25-year-old, who arrived on loan from Brentford a week ago, made his debut in the 2-1 loss at home to Crawley Town.

Primarily a winger who can operate at full-back, Wood was brought in as cover for the injured Gareth Evans, who is unlikely to return to first-team duty until the New Year after damaging ankle ligaments.

Wood, in a frank and honest admission, admitted he was not happy with his first outing in Millers colours.

“I was disappointed with my performance,” he told The Star. “I know I have a lot more to give than what I produced on the day.

“I didn’t get on the ball as much as I would have liked and I wasn’t happy with a few aspects of my game.

“It was nice to be playing in a competitive match again but I know I have a lot more to give so hopefully that will come out in the coming matches.”

Wood, who has previously worked with Scott at Griffin Park, said he regards his work rate and speed as his main attributes.

“Andy has given me the chance to play games and that is all you want to do as a footballer,” he said. “It gets into your head when you train during the week and don’t play on Saturdays. I’m very grateful to Andy for giving me a chance to come here and play games again.”

Wood believes Rotherham were the architects of their own downfall against Crawley, saying: “We had the most chances but we could not take them and paid the price. They only had two or three opportunities and took them.”

Scott may find out today whether Wood can feature in the second round of the FA Cup at Shrewsbury this weekend. He is not cup-tied but Rotherham have not confirmed yet if he has been granted permission to play in the tie by his parent club.

The reserves take on Chesterfield in the Central League Cup on December 19, kick off 2pm at the B2net Stadium.

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