Rotherham United's Ronnie Moore: 'We are a better team than Southend United'

Last updated : 14 January 2011 By westfield shrimper

Moore: Rotherham need to improve defensively

Moore: 'We owe them one and hopefully we can put that right on Saturday'

S24 usually gives quotes from both managers before a game, and we're sure Millers boss Ronnie Moore will give us some more material, but for now comments of his on the local radio are just too good to be wasted by sharing with Luggy.

Let's start with the 1-0 defeat at Roots Hall on Saturday, October 30th, a game I believed the Shrimpers played pretty well, especially at home!

Moore told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We were poor, really poor. It was Mark Randall's first game and he ends up breaking his collar bone but we weren't good and I'd just like to show Paul Sturrock that we are a decent side, though I'm sure that he realises that now. We owe them one and hopefully we can put that right on Saturday."

Blimey, it wasn't our fault you were 'very, very poor'.

Still, he moves on to how defensive we are obviously going to play.

Moore explains: "It's actually difficult now winning your home games because teams come and play different systems with a lot of teams playing four-five-one and it's down to the home team to try and break that down. And you need some quality players and patience to break down a four-five-one. I don't think Southend will come here and have a pop at us, though I hope they do because that would open it up for us and give us a chance."

I'm sure Blues boss Paul Sturrock will play a cunning game Ronnie, whose teams at Tranmere were never ones to shy away from a challenge, or three.

Anyway, way back when manager of the Latics, he remembers our most influential player, along with centre-back Bilel Moshni, who we await news off his fitness, or lack of it.

Moore continued: "The lad Grant, who I had on loan at Oldham, has scored a lot of goals but if we're committed like we have been in our last few homes games then we are a better team than Southend but we've got to go and prove it and I'm sure we'll do that."

And I really hope we give them a game, a bloody good one.