Dried-up Millers out to boost goal power

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THE goals have pretty much dried up at both ends in Rotherham United’s League Two Play-off quest - which is good in one respect but not in the other.

In the first half of the season, the Millers were scoring plenty but also letting plenty in as well.

However, in the last eight matches, Rotherham have neither scored nor conceded more than one goal.

In this spell they have won 1-0 twice and lost 1-0 twice with the rest comprising draws of either 1-1 or 0-0.

With two of the five goals they have scored having come from penalties, the side that not so long ago was one of the division’s top scorers (their 30 goals is still third-best away from home) is now in need of a goalscoring boost.

Manager Andy Scott is set to gamble on 19-year-old Sam Hoskins providing a spark in front of goal.

Hoskins, who plays for Southampton, is lined up to join Rotherham on loan today with Scott saying he is someone with a predatory instinct in the penalty area and a ‘natural’ goal scorer.

The Millers saw Shaun Harrad recalled by Bury this week which left the Millers short on central striker options.

“I thought we lacked ruthlessness in the penalty area the other night against Torquay and we really should have finished off all the pressure we had,” said Scott.

”The lad coming in is something different and he is hungry and desperate to do well.”

Hoskins, with the Saints for five years, scored for their reserve side on Tuesday.

The Millers go to seventh-placed Oxford on Saturday trailing them by five points.