Rotherham United: More to come from Millers new boy Conor Sammon, says Steve Evans

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Rotherham United new boy Conor Sammon has been tipped to make a big impact by boss Steve Evans.

The on-loan striker made an encouraging debut in the home defeat against Championship leaders AFC Bournemouth last Saturday.

And the Millers manager believes there is much more to come from the 28-year-old who is with the club for the rest of the season.

“I thought he worked really hard, although the big man was tiring late on,” Evans said.

“He’ll be a big player for us, that’s for sure.”

Sammon, who has spent all his career in the Premier League, Championship or Scottish Premier League, was one of five players making their AESSEAL New York Stadium debuts.

“We were pleased with all the new boys. They all gave us a shift,” Evans added.

Sammon and left-back Zeki Fryers, signed on loan from Crystal Palace, were in Rotherham colours for the first time, while Jack Barmby, Danny Ward and Adam Hammill made home bows after starting against Brentford at Griffin Park a week earlier.

Barmby, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder on loan from Leicester City was replaced in the second half by Conor Newton, and Evans was delighted with the contribution of both players.

“Jack was excellent until, as we expected - it’s the difference between academy football and first-team football - his legs went a little bit,” he said.

“I thought young Conor Newton, who was close to starting, came on and made a real impact.”

With Scott Wootton and Reece James recalled by their parent clubs, the Millers fielded a new full-back combination against the Cherries.

Frazer Richardson was back at right-back after an injury which had kept him out throughout December and Fryers, who cost Palace a fee approaching £5 million from Spurs, was on the other flank.

“We had Frazer back. That’s his first game in a long time, so that was good to see,” Evans said,

“I think young Zeki came in and gave us a real calming influence at left-back, but he needs games.”

Fryers was withdrawn in the second half but Evans said he will be fine for the Millers’ next match, the home clash with Bolton Wanderers on January 27. “He was just cramping up a little bit,” he revealed. “He’ll not be cramping up a week on Tuesday.

“I was pleased with my team. We gave the best side in the league a real run for their money.”

Millers striker Jonson Clarke-Harris came on as a substitute during the first match of his loan spell at MK Dons as Karl Robinson’s side beat Sheffield United 1-0.