SCUNTHORPE United boss Alan Knill, knowing Andy Monkhouse from their time at Rotherham United, had a clear message for his players – “keep him on his right foot”.
It was a tactical ploy which was to backfire.
And, during both the home and away matches against The Iron last term, Monkhouse found the back of the net, each score courtesy of his supposedly untrusty right boot.
That being the case, Monkhouse could have the psychological edge over his old manager, and it’s an advantage he’s hoping to exploit tomorrow afternoon.
“Touch wood, it seems that Scunny are one of the teams I score against,” said the 31-year-old wideman, who bagged in the 2-0 away win and 2-1 home defeat last season.
“It was a pair of right-footers as well.
“I spoke to Knilly after the game and he said he’d told his players to show me on to my right foot.
“I don’t what he’ll tell his players tomorrow but if I can repeat the trick then that’ll be great – we could certainly do with a goal right now.”
Monkhouse was a young pro at Rotherham when Knill was coming towards the end of his playing career before taking over the managerial reins.
And he went on: “I get on well with Knilly and it’ll be nice to see him again.
“I was a YT when he was one of the senior pros and when I came through he was a big help to me.
“I’ve always spoken to him and I hope he does well – but obviously not this weekend.
“They haven’t started well at all, but neither have we and we need to get that win tomorrow.”