Vital Football

Latest Rotherham United News

Fleming - A Yo-Yo Season

Fleming - A Yo-Yo Season

Rotherham United captain, Craig Fleming, says that playing for the Millers this season has been like a yo-yo.

'One week it's 'wow',' he told The Advertiser,'the next week it's 'yuk'. One week we do well and we think we are getting there the next week it falls flat.'

Fleming, thirty-five, was brought in by ex- manager, Alan Knill, in the hopes that he would help bung up the leaks at the back. But, the team have still continued to let in seventy-two goals this season, being the second worst in League One.

Fleming also admits that dropping down a division with Rotherham was a culture shock and has taken him some time to adjust to it.

'I have noticed the ball is in the air more than in the Championship and Premiership,' he said, 'and it is something I have had to come to terms with.

'Defending is not just about the back four, successful sides defend as a team - they defend all the way from the front, all the way through mid-field and to the back. At times we haven't done that.

'I'm not shifting the blame here, the back four have been responsible at times but I think if we attack and defend as a team we look a good side. When we don't we look ragged.'

Fleming, who has played top flight football with Oldham Athletic and Norwich City, is now getting ready to adapt to playing in the bottom tier of the football league.

'Whatever league you're in you have to earn the right to play,' he said, 'the higher the team the more attractive football you seem to play - lower down you have to taper it a bit. We are not going to go Route One bish, bash, bosh football; you have to get the balance right, like Scunthorpe. They were not much better than us, we could have been three or four goals up at their place but they got the balance right. They play their football in their opponents' half - they stay solid, know their jobs and do it week in week out.

'Since Mark Robins took over we have had a bit more stability and been a harder team to beat, but consistency comes with confidence as well. Once you do find it then it becomes a habit.

'And I need to lead by example. That's what I am here for.'



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Herringthorpe
Date:Friday May 4 2007
Time: 9:24AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Rotherham United Articles

RUFC- Doolan 'We Will Get There'

Millers Assistant Boss says everyone is working hard behind the scenes to bring players in.

Rotherham United Squad Number 2016/17 Season

This season's squad numbers

Behaviour Rules - Some Initial Reaction

Various rules on what is and isn't acceptable are being rolled out this season in an attempt to reduce 'intolerable behaviour' towards match day officials. What's the initial reaction?

RUFC - Joe Pleased To Be Playing 'Modern Football'

Defender hoping to see more of the ball next season

Archived Vital Rotherham Articles

Vital Rotherham articles from

Site Journalists

Herringthorpe
Editor email
Profile
baldtobeamiller
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Just over three weeks to the new season. How many players will the Millers have for that first game
Suggested By:
1513%
168%
178%
1814%
1911%
2030%
214%
22 or more12%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Aston Villa 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Birmingham 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Blackburn 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Brentford 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Brighton 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Bristol City 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Burton 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Cardiff 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Derby County 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Fulham 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Huddersfield 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Ipswich 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Leeds Utd 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Newcastle 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Norwich 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Forest 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Preston 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Q.P.R. 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Reading 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Rotherham 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Sheff Wed 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Wigan 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Wolves 0 0 0 0 0 0
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Rotherham United  Results (view all)

Rotherham United  Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.herringthorpe342
2.sixpence267
3.mos6032
4.Marky7911
5.Chris Maiden7
6.mvmiller7
7.axholme5
8.zipadeedoodah4
9.nogginthenog1
10.michael larkin1