Striker’s battle for Millers place

Rotherham United v Notts County - SkyBet League 1 - 1st March 2014 - It's a tasty moment for Haris Vuckic as he celebrates his second goal on his return to the starting eleven for the Millers

Rotherham United v Notts County - SkyBet League 1 - 1st March 2014 - It's a tasty moment for Haris Vuckic as he celebrates his second goal on his return to the starting eleven for the Millers

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The quality of striker Haris Vuckic is not in doubt. After all he is a full international for his home country Slovenia.

But he has not found it easy to earn a permanent spot in the Rotherham United side and knows he faces a real challenge to hold down the place.

Vuckic is on loan from Newcastle United and admits that he expected to play more than he has done although he acknowledges the main reason why he hasn’t done so.

“It has been frustrating because I have not had much starting time,” said the talented striker.

“I’ve not really been happy with my playing time and Newcastle have not been happy either as I came here to play. But I understand why I haven’t.

“If the team is winning then it is hard to get in the side. That is what has happened, we have been unbeaten and it is difficult to be chosen.

“The only thing to do is that when the chance comes you have to take it.”

After injury to Wes Thomas - who had scored three goals in four games - he got another chance against Notts County and took it with two goals in the 6-0 win. Then, the game at Colchester three days later on a poor pitch was a totally different affair and he was one of those taken off.

“We have four really good strikers who have to fight to get in the team. The important thing is that we work hard and win the games, that is what is important.”

With Thomas likely to have recovered from his thigh injury, Vuckic will know his place is under threat for tomorrow’s trip to Oldham Athletic.

The Millers checked on Oldham in their 3-1 home defeat to Preston on Saturday. Walsall - visitors to New York Stadium next Saturday - lost 3-0 at home to leaders Wolves and so lost seventh spot to MK Dons who are 13 points behind Rotherham.

This afternoon the Millers reserves meet Hull City at Parkgate (2pm).

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