STRIKER Jamie Proctor admits he's finding it tough to watch from the Rotherham United bench but the striker won't go knocking on the door of manager Paul Warne.
Proctor is desperate for more game-time after recovering from last season's cruciate knee ligament operation and scoring four times in bit-part roles this term.
However, the striker accepts he has to bide his time in his push for a starting role because of the form of lone frontman Michael Smith and the fact the Millers have lost only once in their last eight outings.
“Naturally, you're going to be a little bit frustrated, especially after being out for so long last season with the injury," said the centre-forward who is hoping for a taste of the derby action at Sheffield Wednesday this Saturday.
“You have to take it steady and build up your fitness, but you also have to be playing games so you're fully match-fit. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to do that.
“It's not through the lack of trying. It's just that Smudge (Smith) has been playing really well and the lads, more often that not, have put in good performances.
“I understand the gaffer can't really change the team around too much. You just have to stick with it, be patient and hope that your chance comes.
“As a sub, you have to change the game, score or goal or just have a positive impact.”
Proctor has made 13 Championship appearances this season and his only league start was at Nottingham Forest in September, but the 26-year isn't complaining.
“The lads are all good mates,” he said. “No-one sits on the bench thinking: ‘I want us to lose this.’ We are all rooting for each other.
“If that means you play a part, fantastic. If not, you move on to the next game.”
A version of this article first appeared in last Friday's Advertiser
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