Rotherham United: Boss Steve Evans praises Millers new boys

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Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has hailed the instant impact of his latest signings.

New arrivals Jack Barmby, Danny Ward and Adam Hammill were pitched straight in against Brentford at the weekend and all made their presence felt.

“I thought some of the passing play by young Jack Barmby was terrific,” Evans said.

The Millers lost 1-0 to their play-off-chasing Championship opposing but looked a different side to the one beaten a week earlier in the FA Cup by AFC Bournemouth.

Barmby, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder from Leicester City and the son of former England and Liverpool star Nicky, was the pick of the new boys.

“Jack was probably very, very nervous before the game because I think any kid that comes out and plays in the Championship is going to be,” Evans revealed.

“He got caught once or twice in possession when he wouldn’t normally do - and that’s the difference between playing when it matters and playing for the under-21s or reserves - but three or four of his passes around the edge of the box made good chances.

“Let’s be honest, we should stick them in.

“He grew into it.”

Barmby’s ability to spot a probing pass and deliver it quickly was a major weapon for Evans’ men and he set up scoring opportunities for Matt Derbyshire and Richard Smallwood in the first half.

“He’s given Richie Smallwood an easy chance and I think young Richie must have kicked the ground because it looked easier to score,” Evans added.

Barmby, playing his first ever match in the second tier, tired in the second half and was replaced - as was forward Ward, brought in from Huddersfield, who was starting his first match since November.

“I thought Ward was terrific for 25 minutes. Some of his movement caused them real problems,” Evans said.

The Millers yesterday announced that the 24-year-old has already turned his loan deal into a permanent one.

Hammill has joined the Millers, also from Huddersfield, until the end of the season and managed to last the full match at Griffin Park.

An ankle injury to left-back Reece James in the second half meant the Millers had to leave the 26-year-old winger on the pitch.

“I thought Hammill was a threat most of the day. He showed he can go either side,” Evans enthused.

“It wasn’t the plan to give him 95 minutes, it was to give him 70. But such were the circumstances with young Reece we had to take him off and put Frazer (Richardson) on.”

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