Rotherham United: Millers missing man now a hit

Michael Tidser
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He’s been the missing Miller so far this season and there were Rotherham United fans wondering why Michael Tidser had been brought down from Scotland last Summer.

Now, those who have seen his last two performances, have been left in no doubt why manager Steve Evans added him to his shopping list.

And Evans - who never gives anything away about his forthcoming selection plans - did admit this week that after last Saturday’s performance, if every member of his squad was available for this afternoon’s FA Cup second round tie with Rochdale, then Tidser would play... “otherwise,” he said, “I’d be showing favour to others.”

It was a stroke of luck, too, that Tidser got his chance after all.

He was destined to be a substitute at Coventry a dozen days ago. But 20 minutes before kick-off, fellow midfielder Rob Milsom suffered a back spasm and had to pull out. Tidser was thrust in.

He’d made had a few brief subs appearances (most of them away) and his only starts had been the JPT games at York and Hartlepool. He’d barely had chance to show what he can do.

But at Coventry he grew into the game, doing so to such an extent that Evans reckoned he had been the best player on the pitch in the second half of the 3-0 win.

He kept his place for the Gillingham game when he was simply outstanding, an understated but wholly effective midfield display doing much to keep the Millers ticking over.

“People got an idea what Michael Tidser is about and why he was well thought of in Scotland,” said Evans.

“He’s been wondering when his chance would come and I’ve had chats with him and, understandably, he has been a bit down at times but I knew his time would come and what he’d show when it came.”

Evans, subject of interest this week from Wednesday which never even got to the stage of getting round to talks let alone offers, had declined to say if the three loan players were available but had indicated they would not be.

“We need people to be at the top of their game to beat Rochdale,” he insisted.