Date: 19th September 2008 at 7:51am
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Rotherham United Manager, Mark Robins, has told his players that they will have to accept the fact that they might be rotated from now on. After the last two under-par performances from the team, the manager is thinking of changing the 4-4-3 formation he’s been playing.

Speaking to The Advertiser, Robins said, ‘I’ve got an abundance of players that can play and it’s just a question of getting the balance and fine tuning sorted and being able to change it during a game. The players are going to have to understand that I don’t pick a team of same faces I pick a team to go out and win.

‘We’d been on a fantastic run so there was no need to change it but I need to address the imbalance in the side now.’

Although the manager says he will make changes this weekend but won’t reveal the team yet, he also says, ‘Except for being a bit quiet, Alex Rhodes didn’t do anything to deserve being left out and maybe he has played his way back into the side. He changed things when he came on against Rochdale last weekend. I asked the front three to do a specific job and if one of them doesn’t do it then there’s problems. What I wanted was for us to use the extra man and play but instead we were smashing it up front. When the opposition drop deep you can’t do that, you have to try and work an opportunity and play the right way. We wanted to get players up in support of the main striker but it didn’t work like that. There was plenty of food for thought.’

Once again the manager has asked the fans to go easy on Ryan Taylor after a section of supporters booed the young striker at half-time last weekend. ‘I want the supporters to give him the space to improve,’ Robins said, ‘otherwise we won’t bring players through and we might as well scrap the Youth system and buy all our players in. Then you’ll come a cropper because you can’t buy them. It’s a mental thing with Ryan. He has everything in his locker and sometimes he can’t reproduce it and then he hates himself. He has so much talent that you have to give him the opportunity and then it’s down to him. But we have to nuture him, not kill him.’