Goal hero Jonson Clarke-Harris says the backing of new boss Neil Redfearn is behind the best form of his Rotherham United career.
The young striker was too much for the Bristol City defence to handle last Saturday as he scored twice to set the Millers on their way to a 3-0 Championship victory.
And the club’s most expensive signing believes there is even more to come from him the longer he works under Redfearn who has now been in charge for eight games.
“It’s great that the manager can trust me at 21 to go out there and do a job,” he said, “It’s a great feeling. I think I will get better and better. There is a lot of potential there. The more I work on the little things, the better I will get.”
Redfearn, who has seen his side win their last two matches, believes Clarke-Harris, a record buy from Oldham Athletic in the summer of 2014, has the ability to play in the Premier League and has made him a first-team regular.
“There has been only one game where the manager has not started me and that was because he said I needed a rest,” Clarke-Harris said. “I am starting to pay him back with goals.”
The centre-forward, set to lead the line at home to Wolves this Saturday, curled in a long-range effort against the Robins and then scored with a penalty struck so hard it brought back memories of the match at Leeds United last season when he connected that fiercely he actually burst the ball.
“I smashed a free-kick and popped it,” he grinned.
The Millers, who were in bottom spot before the international break and five points adrift of safety, are now only a point away from the places above the drop zone, and Clarke-Harris described the triumph over Bristol as “massive”.
“The boys are buzzing,” he revealed. “We have got confidence now, and training every day is class. It’s getting better and better.”
Midfielder Grant Ward was named in the Championship Team of the Week for his performance last Saturday.