Frustration for Scott as Millers fail to strengthen

Good friends: Andy Scott and Martin Ling  will see each other tomorrow
Good friends: Andy Scott and Martin Ling will see each other tomorrow

rotherham United manager Andy Scott has outlined his attempts to strengthen his strikeforce and how those attempts were foiled.

He admitted he strove for a permanent signing and said he “nearly got there”.

“We were in for strikers this week but, in the end, couldn’t do any business,” said Scott.

He admitted that Karl Hawley - who moved from Notts County to Crawley Town - was one of them.

There was also others striker from League One clubs in whom they were interested.

“One of them moved but the other stayed put,” said Scott.

“We were looking for a permanent deal and nearly got there. We were interested in Hawley and there are not too many available who have a proven League Two scoring record.”

He went on: “We want someone who can play with Revs (Alex Revell) and Grabbs (Lewis Grabban), either as an individual or as a group.”

Scott’s striking options have been decreased by the sale of Chris Holroyd to Preston and Brett Williams returning to Reading this week.

“I spoke to (Reading manager) Brian McDermott about Brett and he felt that in view of the fact that Brett wasn’t getting a regular start, he may as well return to his club and I can understand that,” added Scott.

The Millers boss will look forward to a reunion with Torquay manager Martin Ling who he describes as “a very good friend”.

“He was my boss at Leyton Orient when I had to stop playing, he set me off on the coaching side and what happened there gave us a bit of a bond,” said Scott.

“He is doing an excellent job at Torquay which isn’t a surprise to me.”

However, the reunion may have to be put on hold with the danger that last night’s plummeting temperatures could prove too severe for the pitch covers at Don Valley.

They provide protection to around minus five and there is little else the club could do if, as forecasted, last night’s temperatures dropped further with the additional prospect of more freezing weather today and tonight.

The pitch was certainly playable yesterday and Rotherham will take a check on its condition later this morning and then decide on their next step. If it freezes solid overnight, with little prospect of thawing out, then the game would be in doubt.

Torquay were setting off around 9am this morning, their normal occurrence for long trips north. With Torquay already up here, Rotherham could wait until Saturday morning but that would be very early as the league urge clubs to take into account travelling fans from the away club.

One player guaranteed a free weekend is defender Michael Raynes, who serves a one-match ban after his sending off against Dagenham and Redbridge last weekend.

Johnny Mullins missed last Saturday with a hamstring injury and has been improving and could come into contention. Ryan Cresswell, whose last game was at Torquay in September, is available.