Rotherham United: Boss Neil Redfearn’s plan for Derby clash as he waits on Millers loans

Neil Redfearn
Neil Redfearn

It’s in-form Derby County up next, followed by fellow promotion favourites Middlesbrough on Tuesday, but new Rotherham United manager Neil Redfearn is focusing on the only team that truly matters to him: his own.

The new Millers boss, in charge for only three games, is determined to lead his side out of the Championship drop zone and plans a bold offensive strategy against the Rams at the iPro Stadium tomorrow.

Hibs striker Jason Cummings

Hibs striker Jason Cummings

“We know about Derby, we know what they’re capable of, but I’m more interested in us,” he said. “You’ll hear me say that quite a bit. I’m more interested in what we do and how they fear us.”

Derby have won six and drawn two of their last eight matches, but Redfearn is encouraged by what he has seen from his squad so far, particularly in the 1-1 draw against high-flying Reading 10 days ago.

“They’ll have had good reports back from Reading. They’ll know we’re not mugs. They’ll treat us with respect, I’m pretty sure of that,” he said.

“I want us to go there and give a real performance. I want to get after them. I think there are areas where we can really exploit them, and that’s what we’ve been working on all week.”

Redfearn acknowledges the important of his second-from-bottom side staying in touch with the clubs above them in the table, amd is planning to make loan signings as soon as he can, with a striker among his priorities.

“We’ve got to bring home bodies in to help the lads who are here. But they have got to be of better quality,” he said. “They have to be better than what you’ve already got because the lads then genuinely feel you’re on an upward trend with it.”

He admitted Hibs hot-shot Jason Cummings was on his radar but said former Premier League forward Leon Best hadn’t been at the club’s Roundwood training complex this week.

“Leon Best got mentioned to us. I think he had something else going off. Obviously, he’s a player who has been about,” he said. “I can’t comment too much on that, interest-wise. He’s not been down to the training ground. I think he had prior things.

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“Jason is somebody who is doing really, really well. I wouldn’t deny that we have got interest in someone like that. But we’ve got interest in a lot of players. We’re looking at a lot of players. I wouldn’t say they are going to be here the next day.”

The Rotherham boss says the standard of players on whom he’s keen means the Millers face competition from other clubs, although he didn’t completely rule out someone being in place by the weekend.

“We know the areas we want to go and strengthen and the players we want to bring in, but, obviously, with them being good players, other people want them.” he said.

“We’re at that point where we can’t make the clubs move any quicker, but we’re trying to get it done sooner rather than later.”