Knill - Transfer talk, lessons learnt and praise for the fans

Last updated : 01 January 2007 By Deano
Knill, who has had a range of injury problems to contend with recently, insists the first half was another big lesson for his young squad and also gave praise to the 500 or so travelling Millers fans for their backing.

He explained to "It's the third game where I have to go in the changing rooms at half time and give the lads a good talking to, we seem to only be palying one half and its usually the second half and that's just not good enough as its most often too late, I want a good performance all through the match not just one half.

"When we start the game properly and we take the game to them we are a match for anybody but when we just sit back and wait for them to come to us then usually we concede, so its another lesson this young team has to learn and they had better learn quick.

"I've got good players in the team and if they go forward we are a winning team but if you sit back and wait for things to happen we are not a good team.

"Stephen Brogan had a great game, he dealt brilliantly with Chris Shuker who is a top player, Stephen was one of our best players today.

"I'm pleased that we can now have a break, I can hopefully get my centre half's fit which is massive for us, David Worrell has been great as a stand in centre half we have Michael Keane coming back and Lee Williamson should be back to full fitness for our next game and will have a full game instead of sitting the first half on the bench, we may also have some new players coming in."

Knill went on to speak about the transfer speculation down at Millmoor: "There's been a lot of talk about Williamson and Hoskins, Barnsley have put in a bid for Lee but I don't think we would be in a rush to let him go there but the decision lies with Lee, the good thing about Williamson is that when he puts a shirt on for Rotherham he plays for Rotherham and he has no other thoughts and hopefully that continues. We have had a offer for Will but it was one the board did not think was the right amount.

"Dave Hibbert has gone back and Scott Wiseman has signed for another month."

Of the travelling fans, he said: "I must say that our supporters today have been absolutely fantastic and I must admit if I'd been sat up there at half time I would have not been pleased but they kept us going , without their great support it would be a struggle for us and the fans continued support is fantastic, I'm sure they see that it's a tough time for us at the moment with the injuries and we are having to use players out of position but hopefully when we get the full squad back it will be different and we will give them something to cheer about.

"The most important thing is Rotherham United Football Club and our survival this season."

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