Why Millers boss chose Mark over Marcus

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MILLERS boss Andy Scott has explained why he gave the nod to Mark Bradley in place of Marcus Marshall in his opening game as manager.

Bradley, nominally a central midfielder, was something of a surprise choice to replace wide man Marshall, a pacy winger who has played on either flank this season.

Marshall grabbed a consolation in the reserves’ 4-1 loss to Sheffield United last night.

“Marcus is a talented lad, who has learned as he went through the Blackburn Rovers Academy before joining Rotherham last year, but I just felt, having seen him in training last week and looking at the formation we’d be facing, that I’d make a change there,” said Scott.

“Hereford play a 4-1-4-1 formation and he’s a young lad who has never really been tactically involved as much as I’d like and we needed to be aware, to win the ball back, be solid and have energy.

“In the event, having seen Mark Bradley and checked on him, I went with him on this particular day and I felt that the four players we had in there had the most energy and experience.

“I knew it might be tough to get a foothold and I think Mark did pretty well.”

The Millers boss said he also took into account the Don Valley Stadium pitch:

“Clearly it’s not really the best (condition) for having too many flair players. I may have had other options but with the time restriction that I had, a decision was needed fairly quickly so we could work on it in training on Friday.”

Scott has been preparing the side for Friday night’s clash with relegation-threatened Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium.