Nicky Eaden speaks to www.themillers.co.uk...Rotherham United first team coach Nicky Eaden insists Wednesday’s reserve outing against Chesterfield will be hugely beneficial to the players on the periphery on the matchday squad ahead of the Sky Bet Championship run in.
The Millers first team have turned in tireless performances against Brentford, Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and most recently Derby County and Eaden is keen to ensure that the rest of the squad is ready should they be called upon by boss Neil Warnock in the coming weeks.
“You look at it and we had a tough week in the first team last week,” he admitted.
“After all the effort that went into the game against Derby some of the lads were feeling the effects, so with the way we are playing and the work rate of the players its means that we are going to need the full squad.
“There’s no substitute for playing games and getting 90 minutes under your belt. You can do as much training as you want but you do need regular game time and it was good from that point of view.”
Eaden admitted that he also hit home the importance of turning in a performance during the pre-match team talk and was keen to emphasise how influential their showing against Chesterfield could be on their futures at Rotherham United.
“What you don’t want to do is to create a negative impression on people, so they all had to go out and impress today,” he told www.themillers.co.uk.
“I said to the lads before the game, ‘you never know who is watching’. That applies to whether you’re trying to get into our first team, or someone else’s on a loan move and there are always people looking on."