Annerson demands killer instinct

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GOALKEEPER Jamie Annerson has challenged Rotherham United to develop a ruthless streak in front of goal to be a force to be reckoned with in League Two.

Annerson, who will be vying with Andy Warrington for the number one spot come August 6, is confident the Millers have the nucleus of a strong squad to challenge at the top end of the table.

But the former Sheffield United trainee has stressed the importance of killing teams off when dominating matches. Last term, the Millers regularly let slip leads, particularly on home soil, and ended up finishing in ninth position.

Annerson hopes the arrival of new recruits Gareth Evans, Chris Holroyd, Danny Schofield and Lewis Grabban will rectify the problem.

He told The Star: “Our home form has to be better. We conceded a lot of sloppy goals in the games that we were winning last year and we need to start cutting those mistakes out.

“We need to be more selfish and turn those draws into wins. In the periods of games where we are on top and dominating, we need to start taking the chances that we create and make them count. That makes the defenders and goalkeeper’s jobs much easier and gives the team something to hold on to.”

He added: “I think we have strengthened the areas of the squad that we needed to improve. Hopefully we will add more goals to our game with the signings we have made and that will take the pressure of Alf (Adam Le Fondre).”

Meanwhile, The Star understands Rotherham have pocketed a six figure fee, believed to be in excess of £300,000, for striker Ryan Taylor, who has officially joined Bristol City following the expiry of his contract at the Don Valley Stadium. There are add ons in the deal.

The Millers have negotiated a significant compensation package because Taylor is under the age of 24.

Chief Operating Officer Paul Douglas added: “We have negotiated a good deal which we felt adequately compensated Rotherham United.”