Misfiring Millers striker central to Scott dilemma

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IN a season of many and varied changes and team selections, Rotherham United manager Andy Scott has to face up to another dilemma.

Where does he play Lewis Grabban to help get the top scorer back on the goal trail?

Grabban’s goal flow has dried up recently. He has 15 in all but has scored just twice since December 3 - and they were in the same match, against Bradford City on January 2).

By coincidence, he is following a similar pattern to the goalscorer he replaced, Adam Le Fondre, who tended to score heavily in the first half of the season but much less so in the second.

Grabban - sub three times recently - started last Saturday’s match on the right flank but after about 20 minutes was switched to the left.

At half-time, he was moved to the central strike role he appears to prefer and looked closer to breaking his goal drought, getting on the end of Rotherham’s two best chances as well as producing a fine effort, the save from it bringing a chance for a teammate.

Scott’s dilemma is that if he retains Grabban down the middle for Saturday’s game at Barnet then he leaves out on-loan Shaun Harrad.

He may have felt like resting Harrad after his third game, at Burton, when he was said to have finished ‘very tired’. But to do so might have seemed doubly strange considering it would have meant leaving out a player who had begun his loan spell with three goals in three games.

However, Harrad - perhaps feeling the effects of a quick spell of games after not playing for a while - has been largely ineffective in the last two games and been replaced.

Scott may feel the urge to play both of them (and Alex Revell too) to boost the side’s scoring potential.

But he can only do so if he plays Grabban in a wide role on the right.