Millers ready to make most of Oxford nerves

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ROTHERHAM United manager Andy Scott believes that today’s opponents Oxford United could have an attack of nerves in their clash at the Kassam Stadium.

Oxford, lying seventh, have a five-point lead over Rotherham courtesy of the Millers failing to make any inroads on Tuesday when losing to Torquay.

But Scott insists not a lot has changed because he reckons his side would have had to go to Oxford and win anyway regardless of the points difference.

Now they go there knowing a win cuts the gap to two points and he thinks this could test Oxford’s nerve.

“They could well get edgy, nervy, knowing that if they lose then we jump right behind them,” said Scott.

“We know the consequences of defeat for ourselves and it would then be a tall order for us to make the play-offs but we will be all out for a win.

“We played well on Tuesday and that has done a lot for our confidence despite losing.

“But we know it will be tough tomorrow. Chris Wilder has done an excellent job there. However, they are without a couple of key players and have lost another one in Lee Holmes.

“There’ll be a good crowd, it’s a great playing surface and is the sort of game our lads should want to play in. We’ll go there confident and give it a go.”

Scott had a spell at Oxford as a player but says it wasn’t the best time of his career, not least due to injury. However, he had the distinction of scoring Oxford’s last goal at their old Manor Ground.

Scott says they have monitored certain individuals to see their reaction from recent games, including Gareth Evans who had his first 90- minute stint on Tuesday for more than two months.