Rotherham United: It’s all going right for Millers goal ace

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Rotherham United’s top marksman, Kieran Agard, won’t be pushed on his goal target for the season ... he’ll just be happy to keep on scoring!

The Millers frontman notched his 13th of the season in the 4-2 thriller against Crewe Alexandra and declares himself satisfied with his tally so far.

“I have to be happy with that, don’t I?” said the 24-year-old who is operating from a role wide on the right rather than as the central striker he was reckoned to be when snapped up at the start of last season.

“The chances are there and I want to keep taking them, but I haven’t set myself a figure. The only target I’m really interested in is the one I want to keep hitting and that’s the opposition net.”

It could be that playing in a wider role has given Agard a little more freedom and perhaps taken some pressure off him.

He looks to have licence within his wide role to go and seek out penalty-area opportunities. He certainly shows a nose for goal and many of his goals have been opportunist efforts.

Agard - who has appeared in every game so far - has been scoring consistently. Only once has he gone as many as four successive games without scoring.

He also adds pace to Rotherham’s attacking, an asset which was also provided by Nouha Dicko when he was on loan before Christmas.

Rotherham would have loved to bring Dicko back from Wigan after his successful loan spell but Wolves - still with Premier League parachute money - were always going to outbid anyone else. The 21-year-old duly returned to Molineux where he had a loan spell last season.

Added Agard: “We have proved we can compete with the best in this division, and we certainly more than matched Wolves, for example.

“We are optimistic for the future but need to maintain our standards.”

Evans revealed last night that Rotherham came close to signing Dicko on a permanent basis and that they had agreed a fee with Wigan but the French striker ultimately decided to join Wolves on Monday.

“He’s an outstanding young striker and he decided that Wolves was the way to go for him,” said the Scot, who has since declared an interest in Coventry City striker Leon Clarke.