Goal milestone gives Rotherham United’s Anthony Forde belief

Rotherham United's Anthony Forde. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
Rotherham United's Anthony Forde. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
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ANTHONY FORDE is confident that he can kick on after his milestone moment for Rotherham United.

After flattering to deceive for large parts of the season, the Irish winger is aiming to end a difficult first campaign at the club on a high after buying into the ethos of interim-manager Paul Warne.

Rotherham United manager, Paul Warne. Picture: Steve Ellis

Rotherham United manager, Paul Warne. Picture: Steve Ellis

Forde was afforded a fillip with his first Championship goal for Rotherham in last weekend’s 4-2 loss at Brentford.

Warne may have been unable to instigate a rise off the foot of the Championship, but spirit and belief has improved markedly under his watch – something that Forde can vouch for.

After a difficult start to his Millers career in the opening months of the campaign, which left him frustrated by his own admission, the former Walsall winger has fared better under Warne and naturally hopes that continues.

He said: “It was frustrating at the start of the season. Recently, I have played most of the games under Warney and it has been brilliant. I came on and played a big part at Brentford and, obviously, I want as much game-time as I can.

I am disappointed it has taken this long for me to get my first league goal. I want to add more goals to my game.

Rotherham United’s Anthony Forde.

“I have been enjoying it since I have been playing (again) and, hopefully, I can carry on that way.

A first league goal for United has provided Forde with something positive to grasp following a tough year and he hopes it is a sign of things to come in the scoring stakes.

He said: “It was a decent strike and about time, to be fair. I have been waiting for one for a while.

“I’ve got that in the locker. I just need to get a few more.

“I am disappointed it has taken this long for me to get my first league goal. I wish I could have got one earlier, although I have helped with a few assists. I want to add more goals to my game.

“Although I am very happy to score a goal, I would have been happier with the points.”

Leyton Orient have been served with a winding-up order over unpaid tax bills and will appear in the High Court on March 20.

Orient are already in danger of dropping out of the Football League and face liquidation if they cannot settle their debts to HM Revenue and Customs.

They sit second-from-bottom of League Two and six points adrift of safety.

Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti bought the club from Barry Hearn in July, 2014 but fortunes have plummeted under his ownership.