Rotherham United’s ‘unplayable, smashing talent’

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

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.”

Cardiff boss Russell Slade saw his perfect home record ended by Evans, who also beat the former Leyton Orient manager in the League One play-off final last year.

He said: “The whole changing room is very disappointed because we got a terrific result last week, trained really well but were below par today.

“We created very little, didn’t get the ball wide quick enough.

“We deviated from our game plan and what we’re good at and it hasn’t got us the result that we wanted.

“If you look at the bigger picture, it’s our third clean sheet in four, however, are we the finished article? Of course we are not.”