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Richie Smallwood: Poor Rotherham start down to missed chances

Rotherham may have conceded 13 goals in their opening five games of the Championship campaign, but midfielder Richie Smallwood believes their problems lie at the other end. of the pitch.

The Millers have shipped four goals twice and three once in losing four of their first five league outings of the season as they prop up the rest of the division in the embryonic table.

Boss Steve Evans has already brought in a new goalkeeper and stripped centre-back Greg Halford of the captaincy, but Smallwood insists it is missed chances that are costing his side.

“I’ve seen enough to think we can turn it round,” he said.

“In every game, we have had three or four good, good chances. Not half-chances, really good chances. 

“I think if we can start taking them, then we’ll have some good results. The goals we’ve conceded, we can obviously stop them.

“But goals change games and we’re just not sticking our chances in the net at the minute.

“We have had some very good chances. At the times we’ve had them, had we been sticking them away the whole game would have changed and maybe the results would have been different."

Despite a successful three years, with Championship survival following back-to-back promotions, the Millers are effectively starting from scratch this season.

They have made 15 summer signings, with 11 players leaving the club, and that makes them the team with the biggest overhaul in the division.

Only nine players who played more than a 1,000 minutes last season remain at the club – the lowest number in the league.

But Smallwood believes there is a good squad in place and believes they can turn their poor start around.

“I think we’ve got a good team, a good squad,” he added. “The players we have brought in have got good experience and good quality.

“Some have played in the Premier League and a lot are experienced at this level as well. We’re strong. 

“Maybe there’s still some gelling to be done. All the new lads seem to have settled well. They’re living not to far away, they’re settled, so I don’t really see that being a problem.

“The mood is still positive, definitely. It’s early days in the season and we’re all wanting to pull in the right direction. I’m sure we’ll do that.”

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