RUFC - Lids has advice for the younger players
Rotherham United Reserve Coach, Andy Liddell said he was really pleased with the lads after the three-nil win over Sheffield Wednesday in mid-week.
Speaking to MillersPlayer Lids said, 'I was really pleased with our lads in the first half, we played really well. We've got a strong team, a strong squad, which reflected on the game, and Sheffield had quite a lot of young players in who performed quite well but our lads had a bit more quality and we have two first team lads playing up there which makes a bit of difference. The second half it petered out a little bit though we should have scored more they could have had a couple too.'
Stephen Brogan scored the first of the three goals and Lids said, 'It was a great goal. He's got that quality in his play and he's a good technical player. He can whip free-kicks in and corners and it was an absolutely fantastic goal.'
Tom Elliott got one of the other goals and Lids said, 'Tom looked fully fit and he's got everything you need to be a striker. He's six foot four, he's quick, he's powerful and it's down to him what he wants to do with his career. He needs to have more confidence in himself but he is only a young player as well. Tom will get the help that he needs, but in the end it's up to Tom where he gets to in his career.'
'You know, Rotherham have got a young squad and people forget that, there's only Warney (Paul Warne) who takes the average age up with being forty-seven (lol), but the others are young lads who need help with coaching and that and we are going to try and give them that.
'I was really pleased with Jack Leyden), making his debut he played really, really well and it just shows that we've got some good young players coming through. He made a great save towards the end but his all round distribution and his kicking were excellent. I'm really pleased for the lad.
'We want local players coming through, like Liam Royles and Ollie Banks and to eventually get into the first team. They are good players and depending on their listening to the advice and the coaching that they get, where they get to is up to them. Liam and Ollie have progressed well in the Reserves and so have the rest of the younger lads who are playing, but those two especially have made a lot of appearances.
You know, when you play football you're self employed because it's your career and there are people looking at you and making decisions on you so you need to be on top of your game all the time. Young players need to get a grip on what the professional game takes because it's not easy and for young lads to break through they need to be of a good standard.'
Rotherham Reserves are top of the Central League Division and Lids said, 'Yes, but it's not about that really. It's about keeping the first team players fit so they are ready to play when they go into the first team and it's to get the young players through and I think we are doing quite a good job of that. All the Rotherham lads are motivated and we don't have any of them slacking off because, to be quite honest, I wouldn't stand for it. I expect them to work hard and they've all done a good job when they've played in the Reserves.'