ROTHERHAM United’s players begin a three-match home run tonight aiming to resurrect their Play-off chances but they are also being challenged to show that they want a future at the club.
The Millers go in against Crewe Alexandra at Don Valley knowing that the hopes of making it to seventh place are being stretched by the game.
Manager Andy Scott has said that if they continue with ‘45 minute performances’ then Play-off talk will be simply ‘pie in the sky’.
Scott - who held a half-hour dressing room inquest at Barnet on Saturday with the discussion opened up to everyone - says players need to show they can produce on a more consistent basis.
“If players want to do it, then they’ll be here; if not, they won’t be here and that’s the challenge, do they want to be here?,” said Scott.
“We have seen the team showing what they can do but it’s no good for just 45 minutes. The question is ‘are you capable of doing it for 90 minutes?’ so that you can be here next season. We haven’t done it consistently and, perhaps, I’ll have to bring people in who can do it and make it for 90 minutes because that’s what it has to be.”
He added: “We are not giving the fans, the chairman, what they deserve and doing it for one match in three isn’t good enough.
“My job is to assess why we’re not doing it more regularly. We’ve a lot who do but not enough.
“Players are very well looked after here in terms of their preparation and the back up and the organisation is good; whether they are too well looked after, I don’t know, but the grass isn’t always greener elsewhere.”
Scott admitted that they have underachieved and said it was the first time he had not ‘over-achieved’.
“The chairman knows how hard we work, what we do and how we do it and he understands,” added Scott.
“The remainder of this season will see if we have got winners. If not it makes my job of replacing people easier.”
Rotherham begin tonight’s game two points behind Crewe with a game in hand. The visitors, unbeaten in four, have won seven away from home.
Ex-Millers defender David Artell could return for Crewe if they shuffle the defence following injury to left back Carl Martin. If he he is unfit, they could bring in Jordan Brown, on loan from West Ham, as a straight replacement.