Rotherham United: Numbers game adds up for Millers as they keep Rawson

Farrend Rawson, right, with centre-half partner Kirk Broadfoot
Farrend Rawson, right, with centre-half partner Kirk Broadfoot
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He’s aged just 19, wears number 20 and is now a Rotherham United player for the next 21 league matches.

The Millers yesterday wrapped up one of their key pieces of business in the January transfer window by extending the loan of young centre-half Farrend Rawson from fellow Championship club Derby County until the end of the season.

Farrend Rawson scores against Fulham

Farrend Rawson scores against Fulham

The teenager has made his mark on manager Neil Redfearn who believes there is even more to come from the defender tipped by former Rotherham boss Steve Evans to one day play in the Premier League.

“He is still learning his trade in what is a tough division but he has done really well,” Redfearn said. “The more games that he gets under his belt, the better he is going to be at this level.

“Young Faz has done really well. He has been impressive when he has played. We are obviously very grateful to Derby County for allowing him to stay with us.”

Rawson’s partnership in central defence with former Scottish international Kirk Broadfoot has been a key component in Rotherham’s climb out of the bottom three.

Lee Camp

Lee Camp

With 25 matches of the 46-game league season gone, the Millers are a place above the drop zone, and goalkeeper Lee Camp is convinced they can survive for a second season in the division.

“Absolutely I think we can stay up,” he said, “We’ve got the belief to see the job through. Especially with the performances at home, there’s more than enough.”

Rawson, who also had a loan spell at AESSEAL new York Stadium last year, added to Rotherham’s growing injury worries when he limped out of their 2-1 defeat at Preston North End last Saturday with a hamstring problem, and Camp says the players must show character in the club’s hour of need.

“People are going to have to play injured, people are going to have to put their bodies on the line,” he said. “That’s going to be part of the requirement to keep the club in the division. I think we all know where we’re at. The away form, we do need to address.

Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn

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“No-one gives you anything. For 95 minutes of a game you have to graft and scrap and scrape; fight for the inches to get the points. We’re not picking up enough away from home, that’s clear for all to see.

“The home form has been fantastic. We’ve been taking it to teams at home. We’ve got to pick up points away from home. We can’t rely on winning every game at home to keep us safe. We’ve got to beat the teams around us. We’ve certainly not got to lose to them. We’ve got to change the away form.

“We need to be resilient and cleverer sometimes to see out games and not give the ball away as cheaply at times. I think the signs are good.”

Meanwhile, there is another significant number for youngster Rawson who doesn’t turn 20 until next July.

In 15 second-tier appearances for the Millers this season he has already bagged two goals, scoring at Charlton Athletic in September and at Fulham last week.

“He is a talented young lad,” Redfearn added. “He has a long career in front of him.”