Millers still leaking goals

Two goals from Johnny Mullins and one from Alex Revell gave Rotherham victory last weekend over Hereford.

Wednesday, 14th December 2011, 9:26 am

The Millers won 3-2 after being leading by two goals before being pegged back level and winning with a late equaliser.

Andy Scott once again criticised his defence’s performance saying they were ‘very poor’.

It has been a constant feature of the first half of the season for the Millers.

Either the team is not improving or Scott has very high expectations.

They have leaked a lot of goals that shouldn’t have been scored.

Many of the team have been injured during the season including a lot of the defenders so they have struggled to find a consistent back four.

If the boss manages to get a consistent defensive line then the whole team will benefit from knowing how each other play and working together.

Despite the defensive performance, getting three points from a club who are struggling like Hereford is a huge positive for Scott’s men and will do wonders for their confidence.

Hereford had not won in four matches before the tie and losing to them would have been a step back for the Millers who have been improving in recent matches.

The good news for the club is that Gareth Evans, who has scored six goals for the club in all competitions, should be back playing sooner than expected after a new scan on his ankle.

He should be back playing for the club during the middle of January after the latest scan showed the injury wasn’t as bad as manager Andy first thought.

The goals he will be able to provide to the team will be a welcome boost as well as his play on the ball.

In the matches the Millers have played while missing Evans their midfield has looked a little flat.

Constantly pressuring opposing players and making darting runs the midfield brings a lot to the team.

All good teams need a player like Evans who can motivate his team mates with the determination he shows on the pitch.

The energy he provides will be a benefit to the defence as well, shielding them from the oncoming attackers and cutting out lose balls while allowing them less space should lead to the team not conceding as many goals.