Scott insists focus falls on the defence

Right back in team: Dale Tonge is likely to return at Hereford
Right back in team: Dale Tonge is likely to return at Hereford
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WITH his team preparing to travel to the lowest scorers in League Two tomorrow, Rotherham United manager Andy Scott has admitted that the number of goals his side have conceded this season is embarrassing for him.

The Millers, who go to Hereford who have managed just 16 goals so far, have conceded 42 goals in 23 league and cup games this season.

“That’s working out, near as anything, at two goals per game and that’s not acceptable... not acceptable at all,” says Scott.

“In fact, it’s embarrassing from my point of view considering the amount of work we do day in, day out.

“In pre-season and every day in training, we’ve worked hard on the defensive side but we are still making mistakes like we are and they are costing us goals.

“I am not accepting it and, if I did, it’s a slippery slope and I’m not prepared for that.”

He said the video of Shrewsbury’s first goal from a corner last Saturday showed five players not doing their jobs properly.

“If you get one not doing their job then you are likely to concede. Five is not acceptable,” he said.

“Yes, I am shocked. We’ve (with his staff) been discussing it for a while and I’ve never been involved with a side that’s made so many individual mistakes that have cost goals.

“It happens once or twice but when it is four or five times then there are fundamental errors with individuals.

“It is up to those people to prove they want to be here, that they can be here and can move forward as quickly as the others brought in.”

Scott is compelled to make further changes to his back four - quite likely three of them.

Dale Tonge should return at right back with Marcus Marshall suspended whilst Jon Harley will return at left back. Guy Branston, who injured a tendon in his foot last Saturday, remains under treatment and is expected to be out. Michael Raynes could get a return alongside Johnny Mullins with Jason Taylor, left out last week, the other option.

Although Hereford have the poorest scoring record in the division (16 goals) and joint lowest at home (eight), their recent record is by no means reflective of that.

In fact, in their last eight league games they have scored 12.

The Millers - third top scorers in the division - have scored 13 in their last eight league games.