Date: 20th November 2006 at 12:44pm
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Rotherham boss Alan Knill praised his side for giving Nottingham Forest a scare – and then backed Colin Calderwood’s side to run away with the League One title.

”Nobody was expecting us to compete. Their budget is five times what ours is, they have several million pounds of talent on the bench,” he said.

”I don’t think they will have a harder game than that this season. We can compete – little Rotherham against the big boys – when we put our minds to it.

”When you have their kind of firepower on the bench, then you have great options. Then when you don’t take any of the strikers off, but throw the likes of Nathan Tyson and Grant Holt, they have a great chance.

”They are a good side, they are strong and resilient at the back, they have pace and movement up front. I can see them winning the league, that is for sure.

”But I thought we gave them a proper game. We lost several players through injury, but the lads who came in did very well, I am delighted – disappointed not to win it, but delighted with the performance.”

Nottingham-born striker Will Hoskins looked to have won the game for Rotherham, with a well-taken goal, before Nathan Tyson pulled Forest level. And Knill believes his player is destined for a bright career.

”He is a top player. I don’t think there is a better striker in the division at the moment,” he said. ”Forest have some good players, but he must be well up there with them. He does not score easy goals, they are always spectacular.”


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