ANY season heading in the wrong direction needs a turning point and Rotherham United hope tomorrow’s home game against Aldershot is that moment.
The run without a win stretched to double figures (nine of them in the league) last Saturday but Andy Scott, as managers tend to do, has accentuated the positives and noted that it is now three successive draws, therefore three unbeaten.
“People can talk about turning points but the performance second half at Morecambe and then last Saturday were decent enough to show we are back on the right lines,” he said. “It’s about cutting out individual errors because that’s what cost us. The work rate, the desire has been there and, last week, perhaps we needed a bit more quality in the final third. But the recent games are a platform, particularly after the run we’ve had, and it’s up to us now to go that stage further and get the win.”
Scott had better news on central defender Michael Raynes, stretchered off in the Northampton game. The knee injury appears to be nerve damage only and he may be back in action fairly soon.
Guy Branston is available again after his three-match ban and will return thus freeing up Jason Taylor, who filled in for Raynes at the back, to return to midfield although Luke Foster’s display last Saturday, when going on as sub, saw him put his hat into that particular ring.
Scott travelled to Aldershot on Tuesday to see them beat Burton 2-0 and it was the Shots’ third successive league win, a sequence they began by winning 5-2 at Dagenham. “They played well and it’s the third time I’ve seen them and they will certainly come here to attack,” said Scott. “They have a lot of pace and power and they go out to win and they could have been four or five up at half-time instead of just two.”
Tuesday’s win for the Shots followed last Saturday’s 3-1 win over Crewe which means Dean Holdsworth’s side have not shown any hangover from the ‘high’ of Carling Cup tie against Manchester United last week. In that game, speedy winger Jermaine McGlashan took the eye whilst it was the other winger, former Spireite Adam Smith, who played well against Burton.