Rotherham United: Kayode’s reminde

Waiting in the wings: Kayode Odejayi, right, is pressing hard for a first-team place. Picture: Paul Wickson.
Waiting in the wings: Kayode Odejayi, right, is pressing hard for a first-team place. Picture: Paul Wickson.
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KAYODE Odejayi served up a two goal reminder this week that he is still around as he strives to put pressure on Rotherham United’s in-form striker Alex Revell.

The all-round game of Revell has been excellent in recent times, the best of his 12 months with the Millers, but he hasn’t been able to back up his form with goals.

He has scored only three so far and none in the last 13 games.

However, when asked about Revell’s performances deserving a display, manager Steve Evans commented: “I don’t care if he never scores if he keeps playing like that.”

Revell wasn’t first choice at the start of the season after Odejayi came in from Colchester and at one stage it seemed Revell was on his way out when there was interest from Crawley. But Revell said he wanted to stay and fight for his place.

He did so, took advantage of a dip in form from Odejayi and after scoring on his return (in a 3-0 win at Aldershot) he has gone on to keep the shirt.

“The best testament to Alex Revell is the fact that he is keeping Kayode Odejayi out of the team,” said Evans.

“That’s a message we want to send, that there is competition for places and if you do well then you can earn the shirt and keep it.

“Kayode knows that if he gets his chance and does well then he’ll be the one to stay in. Perhaps everybody expected Kayode to be the regular but Alex Revell has taken it from him and kept it.

“Two goals for the reserves shows that you are there, waiting for your chance.”

Full-back Dale Tonge has continued his comeback with 45 minutes of action and although there are no scheduled reserve team games, Evans says that, despite the busy holiday period, they hope to fix up the odd private friendly to give players some action among them David Noble who has not figured for three months.

The Millers are at second-bottom Bristol Rovers today and Evans is considering making personnel changes. Skipper Ian Sharps and left-back Liam Ridehalgh, on loan from Huddersfield Town, are available for selection after missing out on their superb FA Cup triumph at Meadow Lane because of suspension and ineligibility.