AS WELL as being an unashamed workaholic and a control freak, Andy Scott is a realist at heart.
The Rotherham United manager is acutely aware they need to improve their results against the top seven sides in the division if the club are to be involved in the promotion shake-up.
Speaking before the Crawley Town clash, he said: “We’ve not done brilliant against the top sides so far.” Scott is not wrong. Their record makes grim reading.
Of the current top seven, the Millers have only beaten Gillingham. That was arguably the team’s most complete performance of the season. They ran out 3-0 winners courtesy of goals from Danny Harrison, Lewis Grabban and Gareth Evans and it helped Scott secure the August manager of the month award.
Since then, Rotherham have slipped to defeats to Swindon Town, table-topping Southend United, Burton Albion and Crawley while they were held to a 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town, who they meet in the second round of the FA Cup on Saturday. They face third-placed Cheltenham Town next month.
Scott refused to be downbeat despite seeing his players throw away a one goal advantage at home to the Red Devils, which brought an end to their six-match unbeaten run.
“We lost on Saturday but whilst that is disappointing, there were a lot of positives to take from it and I have to convince the players of that,” he said.
“When we do things right, we can cope with anyone in this division and I feel we can be better than anyone. We made Crawley struggle when we were in the ascendancy, got a goal and should have had a few more.”