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RUFC - Pope surprised to start on Saturday

Rotherham United striker, Tom Pope said he was a bit surprised at be in the starting eleven that drew with Cheltenham on Saturday.

Having spent the last few weeks playing for Port Vale on loan and being called back, he thought there would be too many strikers at the club for him to get straight back in the team.

Speaking to MillersPlayer the former Crewe Alexandra player said, 'I got a phone call on Wednesday morning saying I was being called back to Rotherham. I had mixed emotions because I was enjoying myself at Port Vale but I was always going to be coming back to Rotherham anyway and, at the end of the day, I`m contracted to Rotherham and I`ve got to do whatever they ask of me.

'I was surprised to be in the team. It was between me, Alfie (Adam Le Fondre) and Ryan (Taylor) and I was expecting to be on the bench. But, I played and I felt I did alright. I worked hard and if one of the headers had gone in it would probably have been a different game. In fact, from where I was, I thought that first one had gone in. And I thought the second one was in too but someone has headed it off the line and when that happens you know it`s going to be one of those days. At Vale I scored three and they were all pretty similar to those chances.

'I thought, in the first half, we worked hard and tried not to give them many chances as well as creating our own and I thought we were dominant. In the second half I thought we did well again although we were probably tiring a little and then they got the equaliser then we battered them again and I think, overall, no one can deny that we should have had the three points.`

Asked how things had changed while he`d been away at Port Vale with Rotherham, he said, 'Warney (Paul Warne) and Lidds (Andy Liddell) expect you to run around as a minimum and anything else is a bonus. They want you giving one hundred and ten per cent and while you`ve got lads willing to do that then it`s probably best playing to their strengths and play players who are going to chase channels, run round and stop the opposition from playing. They`re both young and know enough about the game to be decent managers between them.`

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Date:Tuesday April 12 2011

Time: 10:45AM

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