Scott hoping mistakes are a thing of the past

Scythed down: Mark Bradley earned the penalty in the 1-0 victory over Accrington.    Picture: dean atkins
Scythed down: Mark Bradley earned the penalty in the 1-0 victory over Accrington. Picture: dean atkins
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ASSUMING that Andy Scott sends out an unchanged Rotherham United side at Burton Albion tomorrow, it will be the first time this season he has done so in three consecutive matches.

He’s got as far as a couple of games on the trot on a couple of occasions but after two successive wins and no injuries, Scott is likely to resist the temptation of altering a winning side.

He acknowledges now that consistency of selection is a key factor and admits that not having consistency in selection has contributed to the team being lower than where they have wanted to be.

“There have been injuries and other factors but I have made my mistakes in selection,” said the Millers manager.

“I’ll hold my hand up when I’ve made a mistake but they have been honest mistakes and they have been made trying to do the right thing for the club.”

One of the rarities this season has been a settled back four. The current one of Mark Bradley, Richard Naylor, Johnny Mullins and Scott Griffiths, played together for the first time at Southend but kept a clean sheet there and again on Tuesday against Accrington.

It was the second time they have kept successive shut outs this season, previously doing so against AFC Wimbledon and Macclesfield in December.

Bradley arrived as a midfielder but from pre-season Scott appeared to earmark him for a defensive role although his emergence at right back has surprised many.

For Shaun Harrad it represents a return to Burton where he had a successful time, helping them into the League and scoring 31 goals in 62 league appearances before moving on to Northampton last season.

Burton have recently dropped away from the Play-off places due to a run of seven without a win, the last three-pointer being a Boxing Day win at Northampton.

Tuesday saw them go down 3-2 at Crewe when manager Paul Peschisolido began with a 4-5-1 formation. The giant Calvin Zola was up front. On later came Justin Richards, scorer of the only goal winner at the DVS back in October.