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RUFC - Scott 'hell of a result'

Rotherham United Manager, Andy Scott said that it was a 'fantastic' result for his side today.

Speaking after the two-one win over Barrow in the FA Cup, Scott told Radio Sheffield, 'The character of the whole squad was magnificent and we knew we'd have to dig in. Everyone who was involved today was outstanding.

'The pitch is awful and they tried every trick in the book, like time wasting after twenty-five minutes, going down injured and pretending they are getting kicked in the head when they're not. But, you know when you come here that you are going to have to face a battle and stand up and be counted. People will look at the result and say 'they won at a non-league side' but it was more than that and anyone who has been here, played here and know what it's about will know that that is one hell of a result.

'It wasn't pretty but it wasn't conducive to pretty football today. The new FA Cup ball is like a beach ball and it's becoming more and more ridiculous as the years go on. We trained with them this week and it's amazing how much different they are from league balls. That's not an excuse, that's a fact. But we had to cope with it.

'They (Barrow) put us under pressure from set-pieces and what have you and we let a poor goal in. But we stood firm and in the second half, when we got it to our wide players and our front players, we put them under pressure and they weren't able to cope with it. What was disappointing was that before that, we had opportunities to put balls into the box from wide a lot earlier, a lot more often and we didn't do that. We know we've got goalscorers and we need to put teams under pressure by putting it in the box and we did that a lot more in the second half and as soon as we got the goal we were in the ascendancy. And we weren't happy to settle for a draw we wanted the wind. We didn't want a replay and we knew, once we got the equaliser, they were going to get a bit frustrated and a bit worried about what would happen and we kept on putting pressure on them and got the penalty.

'We had chances in the first half and maybe should have done better with a couple of them. When you look at the amount of shots we've had on target it will be a handful but we put them under a lot of pressure and came away with the win. If we'd come away with the loss, it would have been a difficult pill to swallow but, on the other hand, we've come away with a lot of confidence and belief in ourselves that we've got the character to come back in very difficult circumstances.'

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Lewis Grabban
Rotherham United striker, Lewis Grabban was a whisker away from getting his first Millers hat-trick this afternoon in the FA Cup win over Barrow.

He did get two goals, one from the penalty spot, and his Manager, Andy Scott was very pleased for him.

Speaking to Radio Sheffield after the game, Scott said, 'I think that's his twentieth game of the season and he's got eleven goals and, in fairness to him, he's played out on the wide right.

'I thought Chrissie Holroyd looked a real threat in the first half. He just didn't have the bounce of the ball or a little bit more aggression maybe in the final little bit.'

Speaking about Jason Taylor continuing at centre-half, Scott said, 'There was a few heart-in-the-mouth moments today but, then again, I thought that today, like last week, it was going to be a physical battle and a case of stand up and be counted. In fairness, they did well and kept a clean sheet last week, and today they've put their bodies on the line when the ball was coming into the box and they worked hard.

'Every player at this level has some limitations but if you're giving one hundred per cent and are trying to do the right thing, that's all you can ask of players. The two lads who came on (Brett Williams and Danny Schofield) made a difference and Brett nearly got in and scored a goal and Schoey orchestrated a little bit more when they were tiring which was important.'

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Date:Saturday November 12 2011

Time: 10:56PM

 

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