Paul Raynor talks to www.themillers.co.uk
Assistant Manager Paul Raynor says there is plenty to think about after seeing the Millers suffer a third straight pre-season defeat.
Two goals from Jacob Mellis and one from Chris Dagnall put the visitors 3-0 up, but a late brace from Kieran Agard brought Rotherham United back into the game. However, whilst the management team will have taken some positives from Agard’s performance, they were left disappointed that their side conceded three goals for the second successive game.
“There’s plenty to think about for us,” said Raynor. “We’re disappointed again to concede three goals, especially the manner of the goals. Of course it was a fantastic free-kick and I don’t think two Scott Shearer’s would have saved that because it was straight in the stanchion. I think it was a bit of a soft one though that the referee was a bit hasty to give. The guy despatched it well. Obviously the second goal was disappointing as we lost possession from a throw-in, and they opened us up too easily. The third one as well we switched off and allowed the lad to run straight into the box, but we’ll analyse it on Monday and see how it can be avoided. Ironing out those mistakes is what pre-season is all about.”
David Worrall was awarded the man of the match award from the sponsors, and Raynor is pleased with the progress of the former Bury winger who set up the Millers’ second goal, and he also explains the switch that led to Agard partnering Alex Revell up front.
“We threw Kieran on in a wide area but then felt we needed to stretch the game and get beyond them; Kieran’s pace and power allows us to do that. He gave us a real outlet, he was a real spark and his goals were deserved. He (David) has been at Bury a long time and it’s a case of him getting used to playing in a new team now with new teammates and he’s improving game after game, and his left foot cross that he put in for Kieran, even I could have put away.”