THE old adage “Don’t change a winning team” isn’t something that Rotherham United manager Andy Scott has adhered to this season.
The Millers manager hasn’t shown himself averse to making changes regardless of the previous result as and when he feels they could benefit the side for whatever reason.
As they gear up for the big second versus third clash against Gillingham at the Don Valley Stadium on Saturday, the Millers teamsheet will be eagerly scanned to see what combinations are on it in the various departments.
For different reasons, there have been three different centre-back pairings in the four league games so far.
They began with Ryan Cresswell and newcomer Troy Brown. The following Saturday, at Plymouth, Cresswell was partnered by Michael Raynes who had signed a few days before and played against Leicester when Brown was away with Wales Under 21s.
Cresswell and Raynes remained together for the win at Crewe but when the teams walked out last Saturday, Brown was back in alongside Raynes whilst Cresswell had handed over the captain’s armband to Raynes and was on the bench. There was a change too in midfield where Jason Taylor found himself left out with Mark Bradley coming in.
Scott’s explanation was that Cresswell and Taylor had both taken knocks in midweek, had been under treatment and they were ‘very tired’ after the midweek game.
“I felt that we needed a higher tempo and a couple struggling with knocks and tiredness may have affected the squad,” he said.
Brown made the most of his return by scoring the first goal his his senior career. But it is not certain to guarantee him a start on Saturday - nor anyone else either it seems!
Two Millers players, Dale Tonge and Mark Bradley, will be on duty this afternoon at the town’s Visitor Centre.
The duo will be in the town centre shop at the top of Bridgegate for an hour from 2.30 and will be giving away free Wembley visit shirts the club have donated.
Fans can meet the players who will sign the free shirts and other merchandise in the store which acts as the information centre for Rotherham.