Alan Stubbs post Parkgate...
Rotherham United boss Alan Stubbs presided over the first game of pre-season and was pleased to get minutes into a number of players in the 7-0 victory over Parkgate.
The Millers manager fielded two different 11’s either side of the interval with goals from Kirk Broadfoot, Trialist, an own goal and Jerry Yates being capped by a superb Danny Ward hat-trick.
Forward Jonson Clarke-Harris was the only casualty in the Millers’ ranks and was withdrawn before half time and Stubbs insists he was pleased with what he saw from his side:
“I think the most important thing from an exercise point of view is that we’ve got what we wanted out of it,” he told www.themillers.co.uk.
“Everyone has got 45 minutes under their belts and on the whole everyone has come through it apart from Jono who has got a slight knock.”
There was initial concern after Clarke-Harris went down in the opening half but upon review of the injury Stubbs is confident that the striker’s substitution was merely precautionary.
“I think we wanted him to come off more than anything, there wouldn’t be any positive in him carrying on at this stage of the season and it was more precautionary than anything,” he explained.
“He’s said he feels fine afterwards and we’ll just assess it but we don’t expect it to be too significant.”
Meanwhile, Danny Ward caught the eye of the healthy crowd at Roundwood as he bagged a well-taken second half hat-trick and his boss admits the pre-season goals will do his side no harm.
“I think from a striker point of view it’s always nice to score goals irrespective of who you are playing against,” Stubbs added.
“When he [Danny Ward] came on he did what he did in the game and what he’s been doing in training.
“He looked very sharp and bright and while the scoreline is not the most important thing it will be good for the lads to get goals and get started straight away.”
Stubbs also had chance to look at a number of trialists against the Steelmen and was impressed with their contributions, adding:
“I thought they did very well. They’ve done themselves no harm whatsoever.
“As we step up the opposition we’ll have a better idea of where we are and we’ll be in a position to make more informed decisions.”