ROTHERHAM United utilised their “marquee” summer acquistion in an unfamiliar role in the draw with Accrington.
Skilful attacker Danny Schofield, who arrived on a free-transfer from Millwall, was asked to play in central midfield by manager Andy Scott having served his one-match ban for his red card at Swindon. It meant Jason Taylor dropped to the substitutes bench.
Scott is not afraid of making unpopular decisions and he said he paired Schofield with Danny Harrison in the middle of the park because he wanted to dictate possession and make Accrington chase the match.
It was arguably one of the most attacking line-ups Rotherham have fielded away from home in years. In Schofield, Gareth Evans, Marcus Marshall, Lewis Grabban and Alex Revell, the Millers had five senior players who have all played up front at some stage in their careers.
Scott told The Star: “To come away from home, you can look at it one of two ways. You can sit and counter attack or you can go for it.
“We have got the players to attack and defensively we are strong enough to cope. We knew it was going to be difficult but I felt Danny had some quality on the ball that could benefit us and our wide players. There is no point playing with wide players if you can’t get the ball to them.”
Scott has hinted he could give Schofield a longer run in the middle after being impressed by his midweek performance.
“I thought Danny showed what he could do,” he said. “He rose to the occasion and did the nasty stuff as well. He won second balls and tackles.”
Promotion-chasing Rotherham are targeting a sixth win in nine matches at Torquay United tomorrow. The Gulls, four points off the joint league leaders, twice fought back to secure a 2-2 draw with Cheltenham Town in midweek and, like Scott’s troops, have suffered just one loss this term.