Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne told iFOLLOW that although it’s disappointing that we aren’t taking the opportunities when they present themselves he thinks it would be more of a problem if we weren’t making those opportunities in the first place.
I was going to say over the last few weeks but, really, all season, especially away from home, we have had chances in games but they’ve gone begging.
On Tuesday night at Middlesbrough we were getting crosses into the box but, more often than not, there wasn’t anyone there to capitulate on them. Ryan Williams had a cracking chance to open the scoring and, but for some clever goalkeeping, probably would have done. Ryan Manning had a couple of shots from outside the box which were put behind the posts by defenders while Michael Smith had one or two chances too, despite the fact that he put as many crosses into the box at the Riverside as anyone.
In my humble opinion, I do think once Smith pots a couple of goals he’ll start scoring for fun. I think he’s a very good footballer and yet he was frustrating me until a couple of weeks ago when I thought ‘right, he might not be scoring goals but watch him play’. I believe if we had a goal poacher then it would be Smith who created most of the chances for him.
We could be calling on Lady Luck to give us a hand although I’ve always said you make your own luck, especially in sport, and I think we have been doing that but it’s not quite paid off – yet.