RUFC - 'Be Patient with Newsham'
Rotherham United striker, Marc Newsham has just broke into the first team and crowned off his first league start of the season with a goal against Mansfield.
But, the fans of the club are a bit divided about him at the moment. He missed a penalty in the shoot-out against Grimsby (though he wasn't the only one) in the JP Trophy and, to be fair, he's missed a couple of sitters this season and could have hit the winner in the dying stages of the game last Friday against Brentford where he also hit the woodwork. It's been said that he's a bit lightweight and needs to get some strength behind him.
I think, what we have to remember, is that this kid is only twenty years old and manager, Mark Robins, has asked us to be patient with him. He told The Advertiser that Marc will be a really good player for the club and that he's 'not afraid to get in there and anticipate in the penalty area' and the manager believes that once he gets a couple of goals they will keep coming.
'I'm disappointed with the chance he got in the second half at Brentford. He anticipated the cross from Chris O'Grady and did everything right. I would have liked to see him lift it over their 'keeper instead of allowing him to save it with his legs.'
Newsham hiself was disappointed, 'I was gutted I didn't do better. I would have backed myself to score from there any day and if I had, it would have meant three points. I thought the shot in the first half was going in and when it hit the post I just thought it wasn't going to be my day.'
His naturally slight physique means he will never rely, as a striker, on muscle and he says, 'I am trying to get bigger and I've still got time to develop. I go into the gym and at the club I use the weights.'
He said that his game is more making little runs of O'Grady and Derek Holmes and he said, 'if the ball does come in to me I just try and get my body there and make myself a nuisance.'
He hopes to be back on the scoresheet tomorrow against Morecambe 'we have had a solid start with six draws from our first eleven games but we have to be looking at consistency in this division. If you string a few wins together, and we are capable of doing that with the players we have here, then the other teams start to take notice of you.
'I know it's been said before, but the crowd at Millmoor can really be the twelfth man - when they're on our side they're brilliant. If we string a few wins together we have the chance to fill the place and make it like a fortress.'