Rotherham United: Matt Derbyshire likes to be busy

Matt Derbyshire
Matt Derbyshire

Rotherham United hot-shot Matt Derbyshire brushed aside the fatigue factor as he looked forward to a hectic opening to manager Neil Redfearn’s reign.

The Millers face three matches in six days under their new boss, with tomorrow’s Championship clash at Brentford being followed by a Tuesday home date with high-flying Reading and then Friday’s derby with Sheffield Wednesday at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn

And the 29-year-0ld striker said: “As a player, all you want to do is play games. You much prefer it when they come thick and fast.

“Yes, you can feel tired when it’s three matches in a week but you cope with that. Nothing beats playing.”

Redfearn is happy to embrace such a busy schedule.

“It’s a lot to deal with if you haven’t got massive strength in depth. But it’s what football is,” he said.

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“What is the point in moaning about it? These are games to look forward to. Every player wants to play. Training’s great, but playing’s better.

“They’ve got three chances in a week to go and enjoy what they do.”

Redfearn has made contact with defender Richard Wood who is on loan at Fleetwood.

“I spoke to Richard because it’s important he knows that he’s not been forgotten about,” he said. “Richard is a really experienced guy and he’s only 30 years old. He’s right in his pomp as regards centre-backs.”