Millers loan starlet urged to push on

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Rotherham United: Millers loan starlet urged to push on

The speedy striker, on loan from Wigan Athletic until January 11, missed Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Rochdale in the second round of the FA Cup. Like Newcastle United pair James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic, Dicko was denied permission to play by his parent club. However, the trio could all return to first-team action to boost the Millers threadbare squad.

Nouha Dicko fires the ball past the lunging Adam Barrett and into the net for the Millers opening goal versus Gillingham.

Nouha Dicko fires the ball past the lunging Adam Barrett and into the net for the Millers opening goal versus Gillingham.

In three Rotherham appearances, Dicko has notched two goals but Evans has stressed he is unlikely to open talks with Wigan over the possibility of extending the Frenchman’s contract until the end of December.

“I have got no interest in speaking to him [Uwe Rosler] until around Christmas time,” he told The Star. “There are a lot games to be played before then.

“Dicky [Nouha Dicko] has had a fantastic start for us but that needs to continue.

“There are a lot of loan players who come into a football club for a game or two who are great and then when you get to the fifth or sixth games. as a manager, you can’t wait to put them on the bus back.”

The Millers face a Fleetwood side in the semi-finals of the northern section who lie in seventh position in League Two and have already knocked three League One clubs out of the JPT. Indeed, Fleetwood’s squad contains two Rotherham old boys in Ryan Cresswell and Gareth Evans.

“Fleetwood will be well organised, strong and dynamic,” said the Scot. “The players are still hurting from going out of the FA Cup but the reality is that League One is much more important to us. Our number one priority is Bristol City on Saturday.”

Michael Tidser serves a one-match suspension after his dismissal against Rochdale while Pablo Mills, Rob Milsom and Michael O’Connor will also miss the trip due to injury.