Rotherham United: Millers told to smarten up

Lee Frecklington thinks Rotherham have got to learn how to hold on to leads.
Lee Frecklington thinks Rotherham have got to learn how to hold on to leads.
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Skipper Lee Frecklington says Rotherham United have to learn to hold onto a lead when they get in front.

The Millers were two up at Preston in midweek and it’s five times in the last eight games that they have taken the lead only to be pegged back later although they have won some of those games.

“We do need to learn how to hold on to a lead,” said Frecklington ahead of this afternoon’s home game with Notts County.

“We have been in front only for opponents to come back at us and equalise and then we have to go and win the game again.

“Good sides, like Preston, will have good spells but holding a lead is something we need to be better at.”

Recently, Rotherham have scored first against Coventry, Stevenage, Orient, Carlisle and Preston. They have all equalised, some of them late on, with Rotherham then going on to win three of those games and draw another.

Frecklington’s double at Deepdale took his tally to 11 and he added: “I was looking at getting into double figures, it’s only the second time I’ve done that, so from that point of view it’s been good so far. I want to kick on and get some more as well.”

Meanwhile, Michael O’Connor is starting to push to get his place back in midfield.

He has had only one start since November 23 (the 2-0 defeat at Port Vale at Christmas) but manager Steve Evans says the Northern Ireland international is now starting to look back to something like he can be.

“It will be performances and not what you say that will get a player back in the side and just recently Michael O’Connor has looked in training like the player we know he can be, the one we know and love,” said Evans.

“He came on at Preston, it was made for him and he was superb. He’s an asset to us like that, when he’s getting round the pitch - sitting off the play, he’s not an asset to us.

“When people are talking about new contracts, then we need him to deliver like that on a regular basis.

“When you have a winning team then it can be difficult to change much and those on the sidelines have to do doubly well to get in.”

O’Connor felt his back during the reserves midweek draw at Doncaster and will be checked out today. Fellow midfielder Rob Milsom came through 45 minutes ok and then trained on Thursday whilst defender Craig Morgan showed no ill effects after his first game since January 1.

Today’s visitors Notts County will include former Millers winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

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