Promotion is the aim not friends, says Scott

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ANDY Scott, the Rotherham United manager, refuses to tolerate slackers.

He is a tough task-master. He sets high standards and readily admits he does not care if he upsets one or two members of his squad along the way.

His objective is promotion and winning at all costs.

Despite the 3-1 victory over Dagenham and Redbridge last weekend, Scott, named the League Two manager of the month for August last week, criticised his players for producing a “35 minute performance” and said “it wasn’t good enough”.

He has warned his senior players he will leave them out of the starting line-up if they do not follow his instructions.

“I’m here to improve and here to get better and for the team to keep moving forwards,” he said.

“We can’t afford to lose ground on anyone and we need to keep pushing forward. I don’t care if I fall out with people. I have no interest in that. I want to win the games and get promoted. That is the only focus for me. If I fall out with people, then at the end of the season when we are celebrating and have got a medal around their neck, I’m sure they will forgive me.

“If they don’t forgive me, then they can move on else well and enjoy their football with someone else. My job is to get this club promoted going and no one is going to stop me doing that.”

The joint league leaders head to the Crown Ground tonight to take on Accrington looking to secure a sixth league win in eight outings.

Indeed, the Millers were one of just three sides to beat Stanley on their own patch last term. Captain Ryan Cresswell grabbed a last minute winner to seal a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 triumph.

Accrington, who qualified for the play-offs last year before bowing out to eventual winners Stevenage, are currently in 17th position in the table, having collected nine points out of a possible 21.

“They are hard to play against and we have to approach it properly,” he said. “Accrington had a slow start last year but came with a surge at the end.

“It is always a tough place to go so we won’t underestimate them, that’s for sure.”