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Rotherham boss Evans praises on-loan Lawrence after Cardiff stalemate

Rotherham manager Steve Evans has backed on-loan midfielder Tom Lawrence to play a vital role for Leicester in the Premier League this season.

Steve Evans Credit: Press Association

The 20-year-old joined the Millers on a one month loan from Nigel Pearson's side last month and was the shining light in a dull 0-0 draw at Cardiff on Saturday.

And Evans reckons the young Welshman will be a key part of the Foxes' bid to stay in the Premier League this season.

He said: "Tom's a real smashing talent, in the first half he was unplayable.

"The boys at Cardiff had a real problem with him, he was popping up everywhere on the pitch and hurting them with his quality on the ball.

"Nigel Pearson might be saying in January that he is a big part of what they are trying to do because he showed today he should be playing a level above."

Rotherham were unlucky to extend their run without a win to eight matches as they had the better chances in the Cardiff City Stadium stalemate.

Evans' side could have found themselves leading at the break if it was not for some desperate Bluebirds' defending to stop Paul Green stabbing home amid a goal-mouth scramble.

Federico Macheda had the best chance to fire the hosts even closer to the play-off places but Adam Collin in the Rotherham goal did just enough to keep the scores level.

He then sparked a counter attack which saw Alex Revell's header tipped onto the bar, but the Championship strugglers once again lacked the cutting edge to get their first away win since August.

Evans said: "We did more than work hard. We played some super football, our passing and moving was exceptional.

"This is a big football club with great traditions who have just dropped down from the Premier League but I think we out-worked them and out-passed them and out-moved them today.

"We go away on the coach disappointed that we haven't come away with a victory because the performance and the chances we created deserved that."

Evans disappointed with Rotherham draw

Rotherham manager Steve Evans believed his side deserved to beat Blackpool by a 'country distance' before Adam Collin's mistake handed Blackpool a 1-1 draw.

Steve Evans Credit: Press Association

Substitute Steve Davies capitalised on goalkeper Collin's huge misjudgement to tap in a leveller with just five minutes to go.

Jordan Bowery had come off the bench himself to put Rotherham ahead on 78 minutes but Collin's error cost them the three points in the basement battle.

Rotherham exited the relegation places but Evans claimed that they should have won the game against the league's bottom team.

Of the calamitous goal, Evans was critical of his captain Craig Morgan as well as the keeper.

He said: "It's just a hoof, Craig slips and then Adam comes out. A 10-year-old should deal with it. He's a lovely kid but I don't want lovely kids, I want winners. He should hit it away, it's a huge error.

"The ball shouldn't get to him because our captain should deal with it. He slipped last week which led to a Birmingham goal and he slipped today so we've told him to sort his footwear out.

"Blackpool were never going to score. I don't think they had a chance from open play in the first half.

"In the first 25 minutes we blew them away. I think it's the most exciting I've seen us play and we just didn't get the goal. If the goal would have come we could have laid them to bed by half time - I think we were that good.

"By a country distance we deserved to win but if you make cardinal sins you get punished."

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Evans slams Millers display

Rotherham Manager Steve Evans slammed his players after their 1-0 defeat to Birmingham in the Championship.

Rotherham Manager Steve Evans Credit: Press Association

Evans believed the performance was not good enough for the Championship and had no praise for any of his players.

"It looked like two poor teams out there," said Evans.

"I think it was the poorest performance from us that I can remember for a while. If that's our performance levels it's not going to be good enough for this league that's for sure.

"We look at ourselves and it was disjointed. The central defensive pairing have been a rock to what we have achieved in the last couple of years but today it looked today that neither of them had ever played football.

"We will go back on the training ground tomorrow and work hard and if people think we are going to give up what we fought for last year then there is no chance of this."

Evans said that some players would be "disgusted" with their showing.

He added: "We have got very honest staff and there are some individuals there who would be disgusted by their performance because they are normally very good for us.

"We will analyse some of it, train and get ready for next week. That's all we can do."

Evans hails Clarke-Harris

Rotherham Manager Steve Evans believes Jonson Clarke-Harris could emerge as a major talent at the club Credit: Press Association

Rotherham match-winner Jonson Clarke-Harris could emerge as a major talent at the club, according to his manager Steve Evans after his side beat Leeds 2-1 in the Yorkshire derby.

Clarke-Harris, 20, a club record £400,000 transfer deadline day signing from Oldham, smashed a swerving 25-yard shot beyond Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri in the 65th minute, just two minutes after replacing Matt Derbyshire to clinch Rotherham a second win in eight league matches.

Millers striker Alex Revell had cancelled out Mirco Antenucci's deserved opener for Leeds, but it was left to super-sub Clarke-Harris to steal the plaudits.

"People should remember his name, we think he is a special talent,'' said Evans.

"We beat some big clubs in the Championship to get his services. He has got all the attributes in terms of physicality.

"He needs to be instilled with confidence every day and I will be the manager that gives him that.

"He really has every attribute. He is very talented, he is strong, but at times he has a schoolboy approach with his runs.

"We really think he could be a real find and talent, but we need to work with him.''

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