ROTHERHAM UNITED: Kieran Agard goal nudge

Sealed with a kiss: Ian Sharps congratulates Kieran Agard whilst alongside new boy Josh Morris
Sealed with a kiss: Ian Sharps congratulates Kieran Agard whilst alongside new boy Josh Morris
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MATCHWINNER Kieran Agard will hope that he has given Steve Evans a hefty nudge when the Rotherham United manager ponders his side to take on Stevenage in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Agard made a lively entrance into Rotherham’s game with Plymouth last Saturday and capped it with the winning goal.

“Yes, you want to be playing but if you are a substitute and get a chance then you try and go on and make an immediate impact,” said Agard.

“I tried to do that and, as a striker, you want to get goals as well so I definitely hope I have given the manager food for thought for the future.”

The goal against Plymouth was Agard’s first of the season in which he has been a permanent substitute apart from a solitary start against York in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy when he wasn’t the only player that night not to fully grasp the opportunity.

“I’m always confident that I’m going to score and I hope the manager can see that,” he said.

“I have had to be patient but I want to get in the team and prove that I deserve to be there.

“However, the important thing was that we got three points which made it three wins on the bounce and getting on a run like that certainly doesn’t do confidence any harm.”

Agard is set to get a further chance to catch the manager’s eye in the reserves this afternoon against Mansfield at Parkgate.

“Everybody is fighting for a place because there is a lot of competition for places,” said the 23-year-old who was at Arsenal and then Everton as a youngster and at Yeovil last season.

When Agard went on he played on the left with Ben Pringle switching to the right.

With Lionel Ainsworth ruled out for three months due to shoulder surgery, boss Evans is likely to look at bringing in a wide player. However, Agard and Gareth Evans seem set to come into the frame for a starting place for the Stevenage cup-tie.

Dale Tonge is out with a knee injury so the right back choice is between Mark Bradley and Nicky Hunt.