Rotherham United: Steve Evans eyes start for Danny Ward

Danny Ward shoots against Middlesbrough. Picture: Paul Wickson
Danny Ward shoots against Middlesbrough. Picture: Paul Wickson

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans can’t wait to see attacker Danny Ward return to his starting line-up.

Ward made his second appearance in a week off the bench in the 2-0 Championship defeat at Middlesbrough as he steps up his comeback from foot and knee injuries.

Evans revealed he was holding the 24-year-old back only after listening to the club’s medical staff.

“It’s good to see Danny Ward get another 25/30 minutes,” he said.

“That was crucial in this period of getting Danny back.

“People can be frustrated and want to see Wardy start. Steve Evans wants to see him start, but I also have to go on medical advice.”

Evans was delighted with the impact of substitute midfielder Lee Frecklington.

“Lee gave us a real surge of energy in the middle of the park,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Rotherham boss thought the Millers had seen the last of teenager Farrend Rawson, but an extension to his loan deal may still happen.

Reports began circulating yesterday that the 18-year-old centre-half could remain at AESSEAL New York Stadium until the end of the season.

The Millers manager had said after the Boro clash: “My understanding is that Farrend Rawson has gone back to (parent club) Derby.

“I became aware of it only on Thursday, so I’m disappointed with that. I thought he was with us.”

“He’s the best defender we had at the football club. He’s gone back, and I hope to work with that young man again in the future.”

Rawson travelled with the Millers squad to the Riverside and watched Richard Wood, recalled from his loan spell at Crawley Town, take his place, while Ben Pringle made way for winger Adam Hammill on the left.

“Adam had been absolutely fantastic in training,” Evans revealed.

“Ben put a huge amount of energy into the Easter fixtures. I was thinking of leaving him out against Brighton but he stayed in and was brilliant.”