Refreshed Millers ready for Iron test

Ex-boss: Alan Knill
Ex-boss: Alan Knill
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ROTHERHAM United are back refreshed from their Portugal trip and ready to undertake part two of their pre-season training programme.

They had six days out in the sun with manager Andy Scott saying that it would have various benefits.

“It was all the squad out there and something like that is a good get-together, you get to know your colleagues a bit better,” said Scott.

“It gives us chance to assess what we’ve done so far, look at different players if we need to and assess if we need different options.

“We went through the DVDs of the first two friendlies, looking at what was right and what we didn’t do right and such time together is invaluable.”

Scott says that all the pre-season planning was mapped out right from the end of last season.

“Everyone knew what was happening from the first day of pre-season to the last one; what we’d be doing and how long each session would last. It was all planned.”

Now, with 11 days to the start of the new season, the Millers re-commence the second phase of their build-up with a friendly against Alan Knill’s Scunthorpe United at the Don Valley Stadium tonight.

Scunthorpe were relegated from The Championship last season, Knill arriving from Bury inside the final couple of months but unable to prevent them going down.

In last night’s friendly at Stocksbridge Park Steels, a Millers X1 lost 3-0.

All the goals came in the first half through new signing Dominic Riordan, a Mark Bradley own goal and Matt Telling whilst Mark Ward hit the post with a penalty. Ward also hit the bar and another Steels new boy Chris Adams struck a post.

The Millers started with six players who have Football League experience - Jamie Annerson, Marcus Marshall, Mark Bradley, Luke Foster, Tom Pope and Jeff Smith.

Rotherham went closest in the second half when Luke Foster hit the bar from 25 yards.

Millers manager Andy Scott was not there with No 2 Darren Patterson in charge.