Knill Looking For Battling Approach

Last updated : 12 January 2006 By Deano

In a full interview with BBC Sport online, Knill spoke about how he feels the lads need to continue to dig deep in order to drag themselves away from the mire in League One and his opinions on Mick leaving Millmoor.

"Since I took over the players have been really committed. And the fans have appreciated what is happening too. They are clapping us off whatever happens and recognise we are moving in the right direction." Knill also feels for the man he succeeded: "I was disappointed for how things worked out for Mick. I thought he was a really good coach - and he is going to be again in the future.

"No team that beat us then really hammered us. We were playing well but not getting what we deserved. I do not know what was behind that run - apart from maybe a lack of concentration. We were making silly mistakes and needed to stop, so that is what I tried to do. Morale was low but we were not playing badly - we just needed a win to get our belief back. And we have changed all that recently. We have played well in our last few games and got some good results."

Alan feels he learned alot on the coaching team to help him in the future and he admits his previous caretaker stint in charge was useful. He also wants to add to the squad having already captured Jonathan Forte on loan. He continued: "I learned a lot last time and the experience was good for me. When the board asked me if I wanted the job again, I was happy to accept it. The board have said I can get some loan players in. Our side is pretty depleted at the moment and we only have a small squad. We are looking about and we will be asking clubs about players soon."

The Millers will undoubtedly miss Deon Burton's goals in attack, but not the manner of which he departed the club. Knill concluded: "Deon is a great lad and had scored 14 goals for us - but when you have a player who is doing well you know other clubs will be looking at him. Wednesday made a bid and the board accepted it. It is unfortunate to lose him but it gives other players a chance.

"We have a young striker called Will Hoskins who has done well for us in the last two games. That is how football works - as the door closes on one player, it opens for another - and you have to take your chance."