ROTHERHAM UNITED: Unsung Bradley can lay claim to the best yet

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MARK Bradley has become an invaluable member of Rotherham United’s squad - some would argue, his versatility makes him the most valuable player Steve Evans has in his squad.

The unsung hero - told he could leave by the previous manager and hardly at the top of the list when Evans drew up his lengthy squad recruitment in the summer - can now lay a claim to the finest strike yet seen at the embryonic New York Stadium.

You will certainly go a long way to see a volley struck cleaner than his on Tuesday night. Ben Pringle’s corner from the left dropped towards the other side of the penalty area whereupon Bradley caught it absolutely perfectly on the volley and it arrowed on target.

“I caught it so sweet, one of those where you almost don’t feel it when you hit it,” said Mark who had been a whisker from scoring in the opening minutes.

“I got a few goals in pre-season and I’ve scored in the reserves so they’ve given me confidence to want to get into the opposition area.”

He admits to preferring midfield, his ‘normal’ position and where he earned a full cap for Wales, but has slotted in soundly at right back keeping out one of those big summer signings, Nicky Hunt. But he has also played in centre defence, as he did briefly on Tuesday, before ending the game as the left-side of a three-man defence after Josh Morris’s stretchering off left them with 10 men.

But, despite the goal, he was left dismayed at the defeat to Wycombe... “I can’t believe we lost, it was a real kick in the teeth,” he said.

“I can’t put my finger on why we’re so inconsistent but we’ve really got to respond like we did last Saturday after the defeat at Dagenham.”