Schofield bids to score more goals in 2012

Eager to shine: Millers ace Danny Schofield.           Picture: dean atkins
Eager to shine: Millers ace Danny Schofield. Picture: dean atkins
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BY his own admission, Danny Schofield has yet to hit top form in a Rotherham United shirt.

Big things were expected of the former Huddersfield and Yeovil player, who can play in midfield or up front, when he joined the Millers on a free transfer from Millwall last summer. When Schofield penned a three-year deal at the Don Valley Stadium, boss Andy Scott described the transfer as “massive” and “a real marquee” signing for the club. His arrival was viewed as a real statement of intent of Rotherham’s promotion aspirations.

But despite creating seven goals, some of which have come from set pieces, Schofield, renowned for scoring and making goals throughout his career, has found the back of the net just once this term. His solitary strike came at Bristol Rovers in mid-October when Scott’s men fell to a 5-2 defeat and had Guy Branston sent off.

Having squandered a clear cut opening in the first half of the Millers 3-0 victory over Bradford City on Bank Holiday Monday, Schofield has set his sights on scoring more goals in 2012.

“I am trying to improve my goal return,” he told The Star. “I am disappointed I have not scored more but it is not really come together at Rotherham.

“This New Year, I might be doing a bit more shooting practice to try and rectify it.”

When captain Danny Harrison suffered a head injury against the Bantams and had to be taken off, Scott opted, not for the first time this year, to move Schofield from left wing into the middle of the park.

The 31-year-old said: “I was quiet in the first half but I think once I got in the middle I started to create things.

“We have got a good squad but when you’ve got injuries you’ve got to fill in. Danny [Harrison] was injured so I had to move into the middle. You have to adapt quickly and I think I am getting more used to that position now.

“I don’t care where I play as long as I am in the team. I think a lot of players who get to 30 do change positions. I enjoy playing in the middle or out wide.

“You have to be a bit more disciplined in the middle. If a team is playing three in the middle, like a lot of teams have been doing against us lately, you have got to keep your shape and try to protect the back four. You have more freedom if you play out wide.

“I feel when I have played in the centre I have had to focus more on my defensive duties so I have not got forward as much.”