Rotherham United: Millers new boy Emmanuel Ledesma ready to fight

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New boy Emmanuel Ledesma has pledged to fight to help Rotherham United climb out of the Championship drop zone.

The Millers slipped into 22nd place after last Saturday’s home defeat against Birmingham.

Ledesma, who made his debut as a half-time sub after travelling from parent club Middlesbrough only the day before, said: “I’m hoping to play every match. I’ve come here to play, to try to help the team.

“I will enjoy being at Rotherham. I am working for Rotherham now. For this month, I am not working for Middlesbrough, I am working for Rotherham. Now I fight for Rotherham.”

The Millers face a crucial clash on Saturday at AESSEAL New York Stadium against basement club Blackpool.

And the Argentine winger is expecting more from himself after a week of familiarisation with his new teammates.

“I’ll train with the players this week and know more about them, and on Saturday we have another chance,” he said. “I’ll know the players, I’ll know what the manager wants and on Saturday I will try to play better.”

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett played down two clashes with the Rotherham bench last weekend.

“We’re all passionate people. I’ve got nothing but respect for Steve Evans and the job he has done,” Rowett said. “I think he’s a terrific manager and he has done an amazing job at Rotherham. I think a little bit of banter on the sidelines sometimes adds to the flavour of the game. We all shook hands afterwards and there’s no harm done.”