ROTHERHAM United boss Ronnie Moore has defended his decision to leave 20–goal striker Adam Le Fondre out of the squad for Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat at Bradford City.
The eye catching omission was made to rest Le Fondre for Saturday’s visit of fellow promotion chasers Bury.
Despite the defeat, Moore insists he made the right call.
He said: “Alfie has looked a little jaded in the last few games so we took the decision to rest him for Saturday.
“We went to Bradford with a strategy and as far as that went it was fine, we just didn’t get the break or the goal.
“I felt Alfie needed a break and he understands the situation and will be fresh for the Bury game.”
The Millers battled back after Lewis Hunt had given the Bantams the lead with Marcus Marshall heading home.
But it was undone by a controversial injury time winner from Bradford’s Tom Adeyemi.
The on–loan Norwich midfielder smashed a superb 25 yard strike that bounced back off the crossbar into play.
But the assistant referee signalled for a goal despite Bradford’s players continuing with play.
Adeyemi hesitantly ran off to celebrate while the Millers remonstrated with the officials.
Moore said: “I thought he’d given offside!
“How can he possibly see that the ball has gone over the line from there?”
It was a bitter blow for Rotherham who are now five points off the final automatic promotion spot and 16 points behind runaway leaders Chesterfield.
Moore is currently running the rule over former Sheffield United striker Jordan Robertson following his release from prison after serving a 32 month sentence for causing death by dangerous driving.
Moore has offered Robertson the chance to restart his career at Rotherham.
He said: “Jordan’s a player with tremendous ability and hopefully he can fulfil his potential with us.
“He’s big, strong, with a bit of pace and he scores goals.
“He’s a free agent and if we can do something after we’ve had a look at him it will be a bonus.”
*Barnsley boss Mark Robins praised on loan striker Marlon Harewood who scored both goals in the 2-1 win over struggling Scunthorpe United at Oakwell.
Harewood and the rest of the Reds’ striking ranks have been criticised by Robins in recent weeks but he believes he saw some response against Scunthorpe.
Robins said: “Marlon was better tonight than he has been and he was rewarded with the two goals.”
Harewood scored twice in the second half on his home debut with the Iron hitting back in injury time through Michael Collins.
The victory eased Barnsley’s faint relegation worries and put them 12 points clear of the relegation zone.
Robins said: “It was all about the result on Tuesday night and we got that.
“We coped with the tough conditions well in the second half with the pitch not how we’d like it.
“But it was pleasing we got the job done because we’ve let games like that get away from us recently.”
*Doncaster Rovers hit back to salvage a point at home to Coventry with a goal from James Hayter two minutes from time.
Coventry scored first in a lacklustre clash when Freddie Eastwood volleyed home from close range in the 23rd minute.
Rovers suffered a massive blow when top scorer Billy Sharp limped off on the hour with manager Sean O’Driscoll commenting later: “He could be out for the rest of the season.”