Rotherham United: Boss calls for better defending

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WITHOUT a clean sheet in the last eight home games at the New York Stadium, Rotherham United manager Steve Evans says he wants their defending to be more clinical.

“We have given away too many soft goals and when we have looked again and analysed them, there are some soft ones,” said Evans ahead of tomorrow’s home game with Bristol Rovers.

“It is important to stop conceding. There’s been no clean sheet here since the end of October and we need to be more clinically defensively.”

He will introduce new signing Claude Davis in centre defence tomorrow.

“He’ll talk and he’ll organise and I believe that we will benefit from his presence,” said Evans. “He’s a defender first and foremost and he’ll put everything into that defending.”

The Millers are also boosted by the return of Kari Arnason and he is set to be restored to midfield.

“That’s where I signed him to play for us although I did say that he’d be our best defender whenever he played back there.”

Evans made five changes for the last game - the 2-0 home defeat to Barnet - and suggested he’d made too many. However, he is guaranteed to make at least a couple tomorrow and has to ponder whether to recall Daniel Nardiello and whether to give a start to winger Dan Kearns.

The players trained on the pitch yesterday. It had been cleared of snow and was said to be in excellent condition although the club are wary of the forecast which is for plummeting temperatures and also snow this evening.

If there is a couple of inches then the club are likely to appeal for snow clearers first thing Saturday morning.

Bristol Rovers’ new boss John Ward has been busy in the transfer window making six signings witjh the latest being the giant central defender Clayton McDonald from Port Vale and 19-year-old centre forward Ryan Brunt from Stoke.