Millers wary of backlash

ROTHERHAM United are being warned that they face a backlash from Macclesfield at Moss Rose tonight.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2007, 8:52 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd October 2007, 10:56 am

The Cheshire side are smarting because they have yet to win at home this season.

They plan to vent their frustration on the Millers after slipping up again, 2-1 against Chester, last Saturday.

Striker Martin Gritton insists: "I thought we played really well against Chester, and if we can repeat that against Rotherham then there's no reason why we cannot record our first home win."

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Macclesfield's player have accepted criticism from manager Ian Brightwell that they have not been ruthless enough in front of goal.

""We've been playing really well and on Saturday dominated the game but just couldn't put the ball in the back in the net," said Gritton.

"Perhaps we all need to be a bit more selfish and pull the trigger when we get the chance."

Gritton added: "Having another game come along so quickly has meant we haven't had time to dwell too much on the disappointment.

And that sentiment is shared by Mark Robins.

The Miller manager has written off the setback at Barnet and is looking to his team to improve on last Saturday's second-half display.

Robins will be assessing Danny Harrison to see whether he can rejoin the squad after missing the Barnet match with a slight knee-ligament injury.

Marc Joseph looks set to miss out again while he tries to overcome the effects of a mystery virus, but the Millers are buoyed by Mark Hudson's return to full training.

Meanwhile

, Michael Coulson has returned to Barnsley from his loan spell and could be on the bench for tonight's clash with Bristol City.

The young striker had a month with non-league Northwich Victoria.

He is immediately in the reckoning for Barnsley manager Simon Davey this evening as Istvan Ferenczi begins an injury lay-off.

The Hungarian could be out of the game for three weeks with an ankle problem.

Miguel Mostto took his place on Saturday in the game against Cardiff.

Davey said that Mostto, Coulson and Kim Christensen are being considered as replacements tonight.

Christensen looks the most likely to line up alongside striker Kayode Odejayi at kick-off.

The other decision Davey must make is who to play at left-back. With Dominik Werling suspended on Saturday, Rob Kozluk returned to the team.

Werling is available again tonight and may well have to settle for a place on the bench.

Bristol bring former Barnsley wingers Kevin Betsy and Michael McIndoe back to Oakwell.