McWilliams and Miller 'felt a bit of tightness' before coming off at Doncaster

Brady admitted he was tempted to throw on Alex Jones to 'try and nick' all three points

Monday, 15th March 2021, 10:18 am
Shaun McWilliams made way for Bryn Morris at the Keepmoat. Picture: Pete Norton

Shaun McWilliams and Mickel Miller were both taken off at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday after 'feeling a bit of tightness', according to manager Jon Brady.

McWilliams, who nearly opened the scoring in the first-half, made way for Bryn Morris shortly after half-time at the Keepmoat while Mickel Miller was replaced by Mark Marshall with 16 minutes to go.

Between those substitutions, Danny Rose came on for Ryan Edmondson as Cobblers battled their way to an admirable goalless draw against the promotion-seeking hosts.

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Brady revealed two of those subs were precautionary and he also admitted he was tempted to throw on striker Alex Jones to try and snatch a winner.

"Shaun was just feeling it a little bit so that was precautionary," said Brady. "It's nice now to have a week without a game to give him some good recovery time because maybe he needs a bit more rest than others.

"Edmo, for a 19-year-old, has played a lot of football. He's started six games in a row so his output has been huge and I felt he had run himself into the ground by then. I thought Rosey did brilliantly when he came on because he held the ball up and bought a couple of good free-kicks.

"Mickel was also feeling a bit of tightness and that's just the schedule taken its toll. There was a bit of a trade-off because we only had one window left to make subs and we could have made two.

"We weren't really a 4-2-3-1 today and we did think about going with Jonesy up front to maybe try and nick it, but in the end I just felt we needed to close off the midfield and lock it off.

"We did try with Sammy going up there for a bit to give us some pace in behind but I think a point is a very good result for us."