Patient Pringle revives stuttering Millers career

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SUPER-sub Ben Pringle was one of the few players to escape criticism from Rotherham United manager Andy Scott following their disappointing draw at Barnet.

The midfielder had not kicked a ball in anger for almost five months before his substitute appearance against the League Two strugglers. He brought energy and enthusiasm to the midfield, grabbed the equaliser and whipped in a series of teasing crosses.

I’ve named Pringle on the left and El Hadji Diouf is selected on the opposite flank. He produced yet another industrious display as Doncaster Rovers fought back from a goal down to earn a share of the spoils at home to Brighton and Hove Albion. The Senegalese international was coolness personified from the penalty spot and featured prominently throughout.

Sheffield Wednesday’s Jose Semedo shone at Spotland. He nullified the threat of Rochdale captain Gary Jones, got through a raft of work and kept things ticking over in the middle. He is paired with Barnsley’s Paul Digby in the centre.

In the full-back positions, Pascal Chimbonda and Tommy Spurr make the cut in my 4-4-2 formation while the two centre-backs are Danny Batth and Johnny Mullins, who barely put a foot wrong the Owls or Millers in their away draws at the weekend.

It took a fine injury-time stop from Luke Steele to prevent Nottingham Forest from departing Oakwell with all three points. The Reds goalkeeper made a superb one-handed close range block to foil Greg Cunningham and deservedly makes the cut.

Up front, Craig Davies claimed his 11th goal of the campaign to ensure the Reds avoided a third straight league defeat and he is partnered by Spireites match-winner Jordan Bowery.

Chosen Ones

Luke Steele (Reds)

P’cal Chimbonda (Rovers)

Danny Batth (Owls)

Johnny Mullins (Millers)

Tommy Spurr (Rovers)

El Hadji Diouf (Rovers)

Jose Semedo (Owls)

David Davis (Spireites)

Ben Pringle (Millers)

Jordan Bowery (Spireites)

Craig Davies (Reds)