He scored a goal and produced a man-of-the-match show, but Rotherham United’s Jonson Clarke-Harris is refusing to bask in his display at QPR on Saturday.
The young striker capped his first start of the season with a superb strike in the 4-2 reverse at Loftus Road and immediately focused on doing even better in the future.
“I don’t think I’ve proved a point, absolutely not,” said Clarke-Harris, who had been criticised by boss Steve Evans for not realising his full potential but remains confident in his own ability.
“I just know what I can do on the pitch. There’s more to come from me, absolutely.
“This is Jonson Clarke-Harris, at 21 years old, who is trying to progress, be happy and score goals.”
The club’s record signing is a favourite with supporters but has been used mainly as an impact sub by the Millers since becoming their record signing last summer.
“I’m aware of the fans’ support and it does help,” he said. “Even though The Gaffer has faith in me, knowing that have faith in me as well makes me want to do well for them in every game.”
Evans said: “If Jonson wants to work as hard as he did today, and has done in training recently, we have a player. If he wants to come in and feel sorry for himself and kick balls over the fence, he can go and play somewhere else, can’t he? Simple.
“He’s been fantastic today. I’m the man who signed him for money. I know what’s in the locker. It’s just getting it out of there.”
Defender Joe Mattock missed out injured at QPR, while winger Emmanuel Ledesma and midfielder Grant Ward were brought in, with Chris Maguire on the bench and Joe Newell filling in at left-back.
Midfielder Richie Smallwood went off at half-time with a groin problem.
Evans will rest some players for Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash against Premier League Norwich City.
“The priority is the Championship,” he said.