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Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn makes use of clear week on training ground to cure problems at both ends

The Millers boss has been working hard on the training pitch, while Ian Holloway predicts defeat at Derby

Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn has made full use of a full week on the training ground as he aims to right the wrongs at both ends of the pitch.

The Millers head to Derby this afternoon hoping to end a four-match winless run and register a first win at the helm for Redfearn.

After a gruelling run of three games in six days, the former Leeds boss has been able to spend more time coaching his new players and hopes it bears fruit at the iPro Stadium.

Redfearn identified early on that the Millers need to improve in both penalty areas and that's where the focus has been on.

"We have been working on how we balance and cover, how we defend and how we get up and down the pitch as a team," he said.

"How we press from the front and obviously the work in and around the final third, how we create, how we overload and get people in and around the box to create chances. 

"We have done a lot of work on that, how we get full-backs forward and obviously and all the of the small-sided game stuff we have done has all been about taking opportunities, being clinical, being about being prepared to shoot and finish.

"I said to the boys you will never hear me criticise you for shooting and missing. 

"It's when we don't get in there and don't score that we've got a problem. Then we have to fine tune it. If that means we are going to bring in a couple to help the lads that are here, give them a boost then we'll do it."

All of that work will make no difference to the outcome against the Rams if Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway is to be believed.

Holloway has predicted a 3-0 win for the Rams, describing it as a "banker".

"Derby's form is scary for everyone else in the league," he said in his predictions column on the Sky Sports website.

"They are on a roll now and some of their injured lads are coming back to fitness, but I'm not surprised as everything is set up there for the club to have a huge season. 

"This looks a bit of a banker and I can't even see Rotherham scoring. Derby to win to nil and Chris Martin to get the first goal."

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