PAUL Hurst believes Rotherham United's up and down form will cost them promotion if they don't learn from it.

Wednesday, 3rd October 2007, 9:22 am
Updated Wednesday, 3rd October 2007, 10:48 am

The Millers full back said: "We got ourselves into a good position against Macclesfield. We had a good first half but it was very disappointing the way we played in the second half. I don't know why but we never really got going and we were under the cosh for most of the second half. I think that sums up our season so far."

Hurst was one of three players recalled for last night's League Two game and knows there is plenty of room for improvement.

He added: "On Saturday against Barnet we were on top and never turned our possession into goals and then conceded goals. Last night we got ourselves in front but needed a second goal when we were on top.

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"Stephen Brogan hits the post from a freekick and then I drill a cross in and the defender's clearance could have gone anywhere. If that had gone in, who knows?

"But in the second half we were like a different team and didn't really create too many chances and were on the back foot. From my point of view it was two points dropped."

Meanwhile Hurst is edging closer to a club record number of appearances. The left back is now only nine matches behind Danny Williams who played 492 times for the Millers. Hurst has now clocked up 483 after last night's game.

On Saturday the Millers entertain bottom of the table Mansfield.


boss Simon Davey reckons the best is yet to come from recalled striker Miguel Mostto as he rated last night's team performance 'faultless.'

Peruvian Mostto, who was Oakwell's most expensive summer import, was handed his second Championship start of the season last night in place of injured Istvan Ferenczi.

A 3-0 win over previously unbeaten Bristol City lifted Barnsley to fourth in the table.

Mostto played his part not least with his assist as Brian Howard struck a stunning goal to open the scoring.

"You don't become an international striker accidently, Miguel is a good player," Davey stressed. "People tend to forget that he's thousands and thousands of miles away from home and family. It takes time to settle and for him probably more than any other player at the club. We've had to give him that time.

"We know there's still more to come from him yet. He's given a performancethat's given glimpses of what he can do. I'm very, very pleased for him."

Barnsley are now unbeaten in five and Davey declared the fourth win at Oakwell this season, the best yet.

"It was a great performance from the goalkeeper, the back four and the way they defended, the football that they played and the chances they created. And they took the chances when they needed to.

"It was a faultless performance but it's still early days."