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Raynor pleased with improvement

11 July 2013

Millers remain unbeaten in pre-season...

Rotherham United’s Assistant Manager Paul Raynor saw an improved Millers side run out 2-0 winners at Livingston, thanks to goals from Mark Bradley and Mitchell Rose.

Against an organised SFL2 outfit, the Millers scored either side of the interval to maintain their unbeaten start to pre-season and claim their first victory north of the border.

“We were pleased with the game today, with both the first half and second half teams,” said Raynor. “We want an improvement in each of the pre-season games and we certainly got that today. There were two quality finishes, we created plenty of chances and we looked sharper which is good to see. They were good facilities, it was a good pitch to play on and it’s turned out to be a great workout for us.”

Mitchell Rose’s second-half thunderbolt may have been an individual effort, but the opening goal, just 10 minutes into the game came from an inswinging Michael Tidser free-kick which Bradley poked home, and Raynor has seen some encouraging signs from the squad’s latest recruit.

“There’s more to come from Michael, he’s still a young boy and he’s not used to playing at our tempo yet as the pace in Scotland is a bit slower and precise than ours, they don’t really press the game like we do. His fitness levels are reasonably good and the fitter he gets, the more used to the tempo he becomes the better he’ll look, but we’ve seen some flashes of what he’s capable of already and there’s more to come.”

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