Rotherham United will be getting ready to take on last years Premier League side Stoke City at the weekend and one thing the Millers are sadly missing are goals.
Paul Warne’s side have scored just eleven goals in all competitions so far this season, seven of those coming in the league, which, given the chances I believe we’ve had, isn’t that good.
On Saturday, away at Nottingham Forest, we had, what I consider, three good chances in the opening twenty minutes or so. Yes, they were all from just outside or just inside the box, but, in my book, they were chances.
Perhaps the players have been told not to try their luck from that distance but to me, when you are as bereft of goals as we are then I think you’ve really got to take aim when the chances arise. Who knows, it might go in off someone’s backside, a sticking out knee or a post. They might come to nothing but I’d really just like to see who try a few of those chances from that sort of distance.
This week Millers Manager Paul Warne told the Sheffield Star ‘that ‘if you are a true Rotherham fan you know what we are up against.’ And he’s right. I feel I’m a true Rotherham fan and I knew as soon as we got over the euphoria of Wembley what we’d be up against. It was never ever going to be easy.
The stats show that we had one shot at goal on Saturday away at Forest. If we are to believe the stats in our three games last week we had nine shots at goal, four of those at home in our win over Derby, the one at the City Ground and four at Villa.
Yet, I feel those chances could have been more. Of course it was always going to be more difficult getting goals in the Championship where defenders are of a better calibre than the ones in League One. But when we get a chance, especially away from home, I do hope, in future, we shoot.