ROTHERHAM United manager Andy Scott has begun his planning for next season and says the game at Aldershot last Saturday was the first game of the next campaign.
“That’s how I looked at it and it was important the players showed they have got the capabilities to do what I want them to do,” he said.
“That’s the way we are going to look at every game because every game is an opportunity to achieve.”
Clearly the new Millers boss - still awaiting his first win after three draws and a defeat - is going to be his own man and he says he will ask the players to trust in what he is doing.
“There are some good players here but they have had some knocks in this second half of the season, their confidence is low. But now that’s gone. What I’ve said now is ‘look ahead, you are good players, trust me, trust in what I’m trying to do with you’.
“In return I will give them all the support I possibly can, I’ll help them out; I’ll fight tooth and nail for them if they do the same for me.”
He said there were good signs from the Aldershot game.
“We were two down in 11 minutes.
“They could have folded. That was the question that was being asked and I thought ‘this could go either way’ and I was hoping against hope it wouldn’t go the wrong way.
“Well, I was delighted that they responded the right way and grafted and that shows a little bit of the mental strength that I’m looking for come next season.
“In fairness, in every game they’ve shown me areas where they’ve impressed me although not consistently for 95 minutes.
“To be a good side, even if you’re playing badly, then you’ve got to do things ... graft, be organised, do things right.”
The Millers finish at home to Torquay who will ensure a Play-off place with a win but could stay in the top seven without one depending on the results of Stevenage (at home to Bury) and Gillingham (at Chesterfield).