ROTHERHAM UNITED defender Richard Wood hopes to have ‘planted a seed’ in the mind of Paul Warne after his goalscoring return to the side in Tuesday’s comprehensive Carabao Cup victory at Shrewsbury Town.
Wood continued his penchant for goalscoring at the Shrews’ expense with the fourth goal to round off an outstanding 4-0 round-one win for the Millers.
The strike followed his famous Wembley double in the League One play-off final against the Shropshire outfit in May 2018 and a goal in the league fixture at Montgomery Waters Meadows in the 2017-18 promotion campaign.
But in the here and now, Wood was equally pleased with playing his part in a clean sheet for the Millers backline.
It is likely to provide food for thought for manager Warne following Saturday’s 2-0 League One loss at home to Lincoln City, when Rotherham looked susceptible at set-pieces.
On his goal, Wood, yet to feature in the league this term, said: “It was destined to be; I like scoring against Shrewsbury.
“We need to take the performance into the league now. I always want to play every week and I just hope that I planted a seed in his (Warne’s) head for the weekend.”
While there was away-day delight for the Millers, South Yorkshire neighbours Doncaster Rovers suffered a frustrating evening at Grimsby Town, with the club’s lack of attacking punch following the recent sale of John Marquis again evident in a 1-0 cup exit at Blundell Park.
The result is likely to heighten Rovers’ search for reinforcements in the final third of the pitch, although manager Darren Moore is refusing to get too downhearted, despite urging his side to be more ruthless in front of goal.
Moore, whose Rovers side welcome Fleetwood on Saturday, said: “It was a game that we totally dominated from start to finish. I looked at the statistics with the analysis guys and we were totally dominant in all areas of the pitch.
“It was just that final bit where we could not get that finishing touch. We created enough chances to win two games.
“But the missing bit was getting that final touch and putting the ball in the net.”
On his well-documented search for new forward options, he added: “More work will go in and we will not stop.
“But that is not a reflection on the performance (at Grimsby). In terms of needing a striker, that is something we have identified since the start when we got here.”