ROTHERHAM caretaker boss Andy Liddell must decide whether to recall 22-goal striker Adam Le Fondre for Saturday’s must-win home clash with Hereford United.
Le Fondre found himself back on the bench for the weekend’s 1-1 draw at Cheltenham and has started just one out of four since Liddell took temporary charge - but could be unleashed against the Bulls as the Millers desperately try and get their play-off push back on track.
“Alf took the decision all right - in fact, they all have done,” said Liddell.
“He’s not happy when he’s not playing but that’s not just him, it’s others as well.
“Picking a team is hard.
“Me and Paul (Warne) are new to it but we’re trying our best.
“When the decision has been made then there is thought as to how to explain to the player and I think they would say that I’m honest with them.
“Whoever they are, tell them what they’re doing wrong, what they’re doing right and how they can improve.
“You hope for the right response,” he added.
“I’ve no problems telling them what I think because I’m honest and if you explain then they understand, although they’re disappointed because they want to play.”
United lost further ground on the top seven when they were held to a draw at Whaddon Road on Saturday.
Jason Taylor drilled the Millers in front from the edge of the area after 11 minutes.
Tom Pope twice saw headers cleared off the line and Nicky Law forced a fine save from Robins keeper Scott Brown - before the hosts found a leveller to frustrate Liddell and his men.
Andy Gallinagh, who had earlier hit the crossbar, converted from close range after a goalmouth scramble.
The stalemate means that Rotherham - now tenth in the League Two standings - have won just once in the last nine and are without a victory in three following the 6-0 win at Lincoln - Liddell’s first game in charge.
“I can’t believe we didn’t win it,” said Liddell, reflecting on Saturday.
“Shots, crosses, tackles, we had the lot flying in.
“It was a sloppy goal, I didn’t really see what happened totally, but I think Jamie (Annerson) said he made a mistake but people make mistakes, you’ve got to get on with it.
“There was only one team in that game and it was us.
“We absolutely dominated it, had the majority of the possession, and the majority of chances but you’ve got to put them away.
“If you don’t that’s what happens.”
Rotherham will face a rejuvenated Hereford side on Saturday.
The Bulls boosted their survival hopes with a stunning 3-0 defeat of League Two leaders Chesterfield at the weekend and are unbeaten in their last three outings.
* Barnsley could not prevent Queens Park Rangers taking another giant step towards the Premier League as Adel Taarabt’s first minute goal was enough to settle matters at Oakwell on Tuesday night.
But the Tykes enjoyed better fortune on Saturday, coming from a goal behind to beat Bristol City 4-2 with goals from Andy Gray, Danny Haynes, Jacob Butterfield and Paul McShane - earning Mark Robins’ men only their second win in 11 games.
* Doncaster Rovers continued to edge their way clear of danger with a 1-1 draw at home to lowly Preston North End, on the back of an agonising 3-1 defeat at home to Cardiff City.
Brian Stock fired Doncaster ahead but the lead lasted for just three minutes before Paul Hayes headed level.
Sean O’Driscoll said: “We created enough chances to win the game but I suppose a draw was a fair result overall.
“I thought we showed great spirit and determination - but we were far too open and need to return to being more disciplined and organised.
“It would have been nice to have sprinted over the finishing line with ten games to play, but now it looks like we’ll have to inch our way over.
“But the good thing is that we don’t look like a team that’s under pressure.”