SWINDON TOWN: Miller hails super sub Rooney

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JOINT caretaker boss Tommy Miller paid tribute to Adam Rooney’s work ethic over the course of the season after the Irishman came off the bench to earn Swindon Town a point against Preston.

Rooney has featured four times for the Robins in February, having not played a single minute for three months over the course of the winter.

In two of those matches, against Crawley on February 2 and this weekend gone, his goals have rescued Town a share of the spoils from losing situations, and Miller recognised how well the Irishman had done to keep focused despite his lack of gametime.

“Credit to him, all season he’s been out of the team and he hasn’t played as much as maybe he would have liked. He wants to play every week, he’s keen, he’s a great trainer, a great lad and it’s hard. I’ve been in that position myself,” he said.

“He’s come off the bench and got a vital goal for the team and we thank him for that and all the lads are delighted.

“We wanted the three points that would have kept us top of the league but we’re unbeaten still and we move on to Tuesday night.”

Though Miller and fellow caretaker manager Darren Ward were forced into a substitution when Simon Ferry hobbled off to be replaced by Alan Navarro, Rooney’s introduction was the pair’s first tactical change of their managerial careers.

It proved to be an inspired one, as it took Rooney less than 60 seconds to get on the scoresheet, but Miller played it down after the match.

“We spoke beforehand of what could happen and obviously the substitutions are vital – who can come off the bench and make a difference. It was a joint decision of who was going to come on I f it went to plan,” he said.

“We made the choice that Raffa would come off and Adam Rooney on. Credit to the lads, they kept on going. Adam Rooney’s had the composure to stick it in the corner and we pressed after that.

“We spoke beforehand of what could happen and obviously the substitutions are vital – who can come off the bench and make a difference. It was a joint decision of who was going to come on if it went to plan.

“We made the choice that Raffa would come off and Adam Rooney would come on, as the game was going on. He came on and got the goal which was superb.”

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6:32am Mon 25 Feb 13

Swindon1984 says...

Took it well and took advantage of a defensive mistake, fair play. Still confused as to how Miller and Ward are running the team from the pitch though, are they discussing substitutions whilst the balls out of play? Well as they seem to be doing at the minute a proper manager's definitely needed going forwards.
Took it well and took advantage of a defensive mistake, fair play. Still confused as to how Miller and Ward are running the team from the pitch though, are they discussing substitutions whilst the balls out of play? Well as they seem to be doing at the minute a proper manager's definitely needed going forwards. Swindon1984

7:11am Mon 25 Feb 13

umpcah says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Took it well and took advantage of a defensive mistake, fair play. Still confused as to how Miller and Ward are running the team from the pitch though, are they discussing substitutions whilst the balls out of play? Well as they seem to be doing at the minute a proper manager's definitely needed going forwards.
Everyone knows that Miller & Ward are just holding the fort as best they can at present and that a proper manager needs to replace them asap. Jed is almost certainly pondering the options and at present keeping cards close to his chest. Let`s all hope that a good managerial appointment is soon announced - and that all posters are happy with it !
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: Took it well and took advantage of a defensive mistake, fair play. Still confused as to how Miller and Ward are running the team from the pitch though, are they discussing substitutions whilst the balls out of play? Well as they seem to be doing at the minute a proper manager's definitely needed going forwards.[/p][/quote]Everyone knows that Miller & Ward are just holding the fort as best they can at present and that a proper manager needs to replace them asap. Jed is almost certainly pondering the options and at present keeping cards close to his chest. Let`s all hope that a good managerial appointment is soon announced - and that all posters are happy with it ! umpcah

8:01am Mon 25 Feb 13

bhred says...

Adam Rooney must start ahead of Williams on Tuesday. Also, Luke Rooney to replace RDV, Nathan Thompson to replace Macca who moves to midfield replacing Miller if ferry is fit enough to play though can't see Miller dropping himself. We need a permanent Manager appointment very closely followed by additional 'proper' striker, central midfielder and tricky winger
Adam Rooney must start ahead of Williams on Tuesday. Also, Luke Rooney to replace RDV, Nathan Thompson to replace Macca who moves to midfield replacing Miller if ferry is fit enough to play though can't see Miller dropping himself. We need a permanent Manager appointment very closely followed by additional 'proper' striker, central midfielder and tricky winger bhred

9:05am Mon 25 Feb 13

Psychedelic Syd says...

bhred wrote:
Adam Rooney must start ahead of Williams on Tuesday. Also, Luke Rooney to replace RDV, Nathan Thompson to replace Macca who moves to midfield replacing Miller if ferry is fit enough to play though can't see Miller dropping himself. We need a permanent Manager appointment very closely followed by additional 'proper' striker, central midfielder and tricky winger
Agree with most of that but over the season Williams has been a much more influential player than Adam Rooney and causes opposition defences far more problems. He is going through a sticky patch but I would still stick with him and have A Rooney on the bench. I think Williams lost confidence after being dropped for Tranmere - hope he gets it back quickly and that isn't going to happen if he is dropped.
[quote][p][bold]bhred[/bold] wrote: Adam Rooney must start ahead of Williams on Tuesday. Also, Luke Rooney to replace RDV, Nathan Thompson to replace Macca who moves to midfield replacing Miller if ferry is fit enough to play though can't see Miller dropping himself. We need a permanent Manager appointment very closely followed by additional 'proper' striker, central midfielder and tricky winger[/p][/quote]Agree with most of that but over the season Williams has been a much more influential player than Adam Rooney and causes opposition defences far more problems. He is going through a sticky patch but I would still stick with him and have A Rooney on the bench. I think Williams lost confidence after being dropped for Tranmere - hope he gets it back quickly and that isn't going to happen if he is dropped. Psychedelic Syd

9:06am Mon 25 Feb 13

sagadude says...

Latest rumour is Paul Tisdale from Exeter. A good choice as he has good experience and will not break the bank!.
Latest rumour is Paul Tisdale from Exeter. A good choice as he has good experience and will not break the bank!. sagadude

9:21am Mon 25 Feb 13

Baritone says...

I wonder why no one seems interested in Terry Butcher! His playing career speaks for itself and he has taken Inverness from the obscurity of the lower reaches of Scottish football to second place in the Prem. He also has McKay, the division's top scorer, who could be a diamond in the making. Perhaps they would both be worth a punt?
I wonder why no one seems interested in Terry Butcher! His playing career speaks for itself and he has taken Inverness from the obscurity of the lower reaches of Scottish football to second place in the Prem. He also has McKay, the division's top scorer, who could be a diamond in the making. Perhaps they would both be worth a punt? Baritone

12:56pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Graham8181 says...

Definitely keep Williams starting, I really don't understand why he gets grief from some people. His work ethic is great, he closes defenders down and to be fair his service was shocking on Saturday. For me he's still the most threatening player on our team going forward. When he's running at defenders with ball he's dangerous. Has to start every time
Definitely keep Williams starting, I really don't understand why he gets grief from some people. His work ethic is great, he closes defenders down and to be fair his service was shocking on Saturday. For me he's still the most threatening player on our team going forward. When he's running at defenders with ball he's dangerous. Has to start every time Graham8181

7:35pm Mon 25 Feb 13

bhred says...

He gets grief because he is probably the most wasteful of strikers at STFC in many a year, totally lacking any semblance of composure in the box. Is his work rate anything really special?....other than the occasional turn of pace to create another sitter he misses, how often do you see him strong enough to hold the ball up and bring other players in......nothing like that James Collins does.
I think Yeovil for whatever reason saw the best of him last season
He gets grief because he is probably the most wasteful of strikers at STFC in many a year, totally lacking any semblance of composure in the box. Is his work rate anything really special?....other than the occasional turn of pace to create another sitter he misses, how often do you see him strong enough to hold the ball up and bring other players in......nothing like that James Collins does. I think Yeovil for whatever reason saw the best of him last season bhred

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