When he moved down from Scotland this summer, midfielder Michael Tidser would have expected his first Rotherham United start to have been before the second week in October.
The 23-year-old now has that belated start under his belt but admits that he can’t really grumble that he hasn’t got in before.
“The boys have been really flying so I can’t complain really,” said Tidser who was signed for a reported £70,000 from Morton in the close season.
“It was really great to finally get out there from the start and I did think there would be a chance with it being a cup game.
“But it’s about being patient and continuing to work hard and I’ll keep on working hard and I’ll bide my time - it’s a long season and I’ll keep plugging away.”
Tidser’s chance came in the 3-0 win at York in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and he showed the sort of ability that had him on the shortlist as Scottish First Division Player of the Year and in the divisional team of the season.
His career had started at Celtic and included Scotland honours at Youth and U19 level.
A few weeks ago it seemed that Tidser was the next midfield cab off the rank when any additional vacancy arose but Rob Milsom got the nod and has done so well that he stayed in.
Now, Michael O’Connor is set for a return after a month out with a groin injury. He was on the bench at York but didn’t figure.
“Competition is strong,” said Tidser. “But they’re a great bunch of lads and confidence is high and we’ll keep working hard.
“Results like the one at Brentford get people taking notice of what you’re doing.”
Tidser was prominent at York on Tuesday and manager Steve Evans commented: “He was outstanding in spells and he’ll benefit because he’s not played.”
The Millers boss made the five changes allowed and would have played striker Tom Eaves but he phoned in sick on Tuesday morning. In addition, Matt Tubbs had picked up a knock and Evans said he decided not to risk him.
He also gave a debut to goalkeeper Adam Collin whose major involvement was dealing with some high balls which he did comfortably.
“I think Tuesday was an indication how much we have improved,” said Evans. “It was exactly a year ago we drew 0-0 at York, it was a bit of a battle and we were happy with it.
“Here, against a better York City side, we have won as easily as you could expect,” said Evans whose side are at home to Swindon on Saturday but without central defender Kari Arnason who plays for Iceland on Friday.