Why the return of grafter Williams is working well for Millers boss

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ROTHERHAM United manager Andy Scott says on-loan striker Brett Williams has taken advantage of the chance handed to him up front and that is why he has kept Chris Holroyd on the sidelines.

“Chris got in the side but then lost his place through illness,” said Scott.

“Brett came in, he’s made an impact, he scored and he’s worked extremely hard.

“I’ve spoken to Chris about what we expect and Brett has come in and is doing those things; he is a team player in both penalty areas.

“We’re not into having luxury players, we want everyone to contribute. Brett Williams is working hard for the team and through the week - I invite fans to come and watch training and see what we do.

“I want to see people in my teams working extremely hard for each other. Chris may well get his chance again but he did lose out because of illness.”

Williams had his loan spell from Reading curtailed virtually at the start due to a thigh injury and he went back to the Berkshire club for treatment, not returning for six weeks.

“He’s now fully fit and wanting to grab an opportunity,” said Scott. “He was substituted at Shrewsbury because we’d had someone sent off and then, last week, he didn’t have his best game, but he really grafted for the team.”

Williams’ loan spell is up on January 3 and Scott will speak to Reading boss Brian McDermott soon over a possible extension of the striker’s stay.

The Millers - set to announce the name of their new stadium on Monday - are at home to AFC Wimbledon this afternoon.

“They are a very good side who play an expansive game and they are capable of beating anyone at this level on their day,” said Scott.