RUFC - Scott 'I'm here to be a winner'
Rotherham United Manager, Andy Scott was frustrated with the one-all draw at Barnet this afternoon.
Speaking after he had seen his team come back from one down, Scott said, 'I`m sick of saying the same things. We`ve come from behind again but we don`t need men at this football club we need winners. And, it`s about time that the winners who are at this football club do something about the ones who don`t want to be winners. I can only do so much, it takes the group to separate the weak from the strong and, until we do that, we aren`t going to win matches from the start.
'I don`t care if they`ve got ten men or not, if we`d played in the first half like we did in the second, we`d have absolutely battered them (Barnet). I`d been to watch Barnet on Tuesday and we worked on exactly where we could cause them problems but in the first half we completely neglected the basics of the job. It`s alright saying what we want to do but you`ve still got to win the ball, win headers, win tackles and you`ve got to start the game fast and build the game from there and we`ve let a side who have lost four games on the bounce, a lifeline.
'In the first half it looked like we`d just run a marathon and didn`t want to get the ball - go and get the ball, chuck it in, give it to someone who hasn`t got anyone around them. Pass it, if you`ve got a space in front of you run forward - you know that works.
'In the second half we got the ball wide and got crosses in, we passed the ball better. From the moment I walked into this football club I wanted players to have the ball at their feet and whether they are scared to do it or don`t want to do it, well, either one of them and they aren`t going to be here. When we did pass it, did do the right things, played wide we had full-backs getting forward and got plenty more crosses in but it`s got to be a bravery. It`s got to be a bravery to win the battles and get your head on it in both boxes and in the first half we didn`t do it. But how many times have I said that this season.
'You`ve got a group here of which some are mentally tough enough, some are mentally winners but they aren`t affecting the rest and until we weed the ones out who aren`t doing that then we are always going to be a nearly team. I don`t want to be a nearly team with players who are nearly good enough, I want players who are good enough and I want players who are good enough at the moment to affect the ones who aren`t. If we find out they aren`t good enough then they`ll go. If we find out that they respond to that then it can only be good for everybody. We`ve got some experienced players here and it`s not good saying it`s just one or two individuals because we are all affected by it.
'I`ve just told them that once you have possession of the shirt it`s yours, it`s your home and if someone is trying to take that shirt of you then it`s like someone trying to break into your house, steal everything and take it away. And, I know for sure I`d be fighting to hold onto that because that`s what it`s all about going on a pitch for ninety minutes on a Saturday and giving your all. Because that`s your livelihood, it`s your family`s livelihood and I know if it depended on it you`d be out there giving your all every game. Maybe we`ve been too soft on them and maybe we`ve got to start banging a few heads together because something has got to change.
'We can be very good at times but we need to be very good all the time to be a top team. I`m here to be a winner and I don`t want to surround myself by people who don`t want to win. I want them to win everything.
'There`s a lot of thinking to do before Tuesday because I`m not kidded by the second half. We`ve got to find out who wants it and if people aren`t happy with me then come and have an argument with me and I`ll tell them exactly why they aren`t playing. Sometimes you`ve got to be a bit ruthless.
'The fans have come down here and watched it and what they won`t like is that the first half wasn`t good enough but the second half was. It`s an opportunity missed today and for as long as we are only playing forty-five minutes in a game that play-off picture is pie in the sky I`m afraid.'
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