ONE thing that Rotherham United manager Andy Scott must crave is a bit of continuity, not least amongst his defence.
Indeed, there can surely be no club that has made so many changes, enforced or otherwise, to their back four than Rotherham have this season.
When he pinned up his teamsheet for the FA Cup at Shrewsbury it showed Scott was sending out the ELEVENTH different back four in the last 14 matches.
That’s an amazing statistic indeed and, amidst all the chopping and changing and the use of seven players in centre defence alone, the pairing of Johnny Mullins and Guy Branston was yet another new partnership at the heart of the defence.
In fact, the changes have been so many that it was no surprise that Scott himself thought they had played alongside each other in centre defence previously only to then instantly cast doubt over his thought on that particular matter.
The need or desire for change is not eased by the possibility that Branston might not be available for this weekend’s trip to Hereford United having picked up an ankle injury that saw him leave Shrewsbury on Saturday with the aid of crutches although he had walked off after sustaining the damage.
In addition left-back Jon Harley - by common consent the best player in the previous game against Crawley - is available again after being cup-tied last Saturday.
“There are that many changes,” bemoaned Scott who commented enviously on the continuity that the experienced Graham Turner has more or less managed in his second season at Shrewsbury.
“He has a settled squad, they know how they want to play and they have a structure with the whole squad knowing what’s required of them.
“We are inconsistent but I’m not surprised and it’s why we are where we are in the table,”
Scott’s side are currently 11th in League Two
“Everything needs to fit together and if something is out of place then it doesn’t work right. You need to be linked up properly to make sure you work together,” Scott added.