Rotherham United’s plan for Lee Peltier

Rotherham United manager Matt Taylor. Picture: Jim BrailsfordRotherham United manager Matt Taylor. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Rotherham United manager Matt Taylor. Picture: Jim Brailsford
ROTHERHAM United are taking a no-risk approach with Lee Peltier now that the veteran defender has recovered from a calf injury and returned to Championship action.

The 36-year-old who had been out since opening day made his comeback as a late substitute in Saturday's match at in-form Cardiff City and immediately made a difference to the Millers.

"It's great to have him on the pitch again," said manager Matt Taylor. "We have got to use him not sparingly but sensibly."

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Peltier will compete with young loanee Dexter Lembikisa for the right-back berth and also offers cover at centre-half, an area where injury-hit Rotherham have been particularly low on fit players.

"You can see what he brings to us," Taylor said. "He shores things up, wins a few first contacts, is aggressive and tight."

The Millers, in next-to-bottom spot, lost for the sixth straight game on their travels in South Wales and are now preparing for Wednesday's visit to AESSEAL New York Stadium of 11th-placed Bristol City.

Taylor was taking his squad through video footage of defensive errors at Cardiff City Stadium this morning at Roundwood before turning his focus to the Robins clash.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

"We need to pick up the players' energy levels," he said. "Some of them looked quite tired at Cardiff. Dexter and Christ (midfielder Tiehi) did towards the end of the game.

"Some people haven't played enough in pre-season to keep on churning out Championship performances.

"We know what we have to look like at home: that is fully committed in terms of our energy levels and getting forward."

Rotherham hope to have playmaker Cafu and centre-back Grant Hall, who have both had hamstring issues, available on Wednesday. The former has missed the last four fixtures while the latter hasn't played since a friendly at Lincoln City in July.