Rotherham United: Bowery proves his point to Evans

Jordan Bowery
Jordan Bowery

Striker Jordan Bowery has pressed his claim for a first-team starting role, manager Steve Evans has admitted.

Bowery, signed for a then-club-record fee in the summer from Premier League Aston Villa, has scored two goals in his last two matches after coming off the bench.

Evans said: “We have a little saying in our football club led by our chairman: ‘don’t make a point, prove a point’. You have to say that in two games Jordan’s proved a point.

“If you look at his individual stat of two from two, you’d say it’s exceptional. But I’d say he’s done nothing at Bournemouth but score a goal and he comes on against Bolton and doesn’t do a lot either and scores a goal.

“If he does nothing for the rest of the season apart from score a goal every game he’ll be worth a lot of money.”

Bowery has had mixed fortunes since his move to Rotherham and has been a substitute in most of their games so far.

Tomorrow the 19th-placed Millers entertain unbeaten Charlton Athletic at New York Stadium, with Evans making no apologies for ditching the all-out attacking style of last season’s League One campaign.

“We’ve been in every game we’ve played in the Championship. They’ve been very close,” he said.

“Do people think Steve Evans is going to take a team up to the Championship and leave ourselves open against Premiership-quality players? Do they think my name is Donald Duck? I’ve got to keep us in the games.

“This squad is much better than the one we had last year. The Championship is a whole different ball game. There are more people behind the ball, but there are more people that when they get the ball, my God, they can play with that ball.

“We’re not going to go out at Charlton, go gung-ho and be three down at half-time.”

Richard Wood is out after knee surgery and Conor Newton has had a hernia op.