Many people expected Rotherham to be up near the automatic promotion places this season but they haven’t met these expectations. So where did it go wrong? Who could be blamed for the failure this season?
The players, for not performing in certain games they should be winning comfortably and the backroom staff among many others. But Andy Scott (the manager) may be the one who’s made The Millers perform below expectations this season. At the beginning of the season The Millers were going very good in the first few games with Andy Scott, going on a 5 match unbeaten run before that came to an end with a 3-2 loss at Swindon. That didn’t seem to do anything to the Millers confidence though, as they resumed normal service with a 3-1 win at the Don Valley Stadium against Dagenham and Redbridge. But this didnt’t seem to be a good enough for Andy Scott.
He decided to tell the players and the public the performance was simply not good enough. This seemed to knock th players confidence or they didn’t want to play for Scott and went 10 games without finding a win. This is what seemed to have cost The Millers their automatic promotion chances. After thism the results weren’t the best. They were winning and losing and couldn’t get a solid run of wins going. They were winning a couple of games and then losing quite a few. This means The Millers were dropping very quickly down the table and in the end of these results they finally ended up dropping out of the play-off places. Since being out of the play-offs Andy Scott brought in Shaun Harrad from Bury, who managed to score 3 goals in his month at the club. But the results still weren’t good enough and they were still failing to produce a solid run of wins and time was running out.
Harrad returned to Bury and since then The Millers have drawn to Crewe, lost to Torquay and lost to Oxford. This left them 8 points off the play-offs and means they are set to be spending another season in League 2. If Scott didn’t say that after the Dagenham match the players performances weren’t good enough, The Millers may have been higher up the table and may have been heading for promotion. So will Scott have learned his lesson and be able to make promotion next season. Who knows?