Hitchcock aims to move in upward direction

Tom Hitchcock, right
Tom Hitchcock, right
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Tom Hitchcock has quite an act to follow, being the next on-loan striker after Nouha Dicko, but the young man certainly doesn’t seem short of confidence.

And if he can follow up the impact of his first half-hour in Millers colours by being equally impressive and productive in the coming weeks, then the gap will have been adequately filled.

Millers fans will have mourned the inability to bring Dicko back but the clues were out there in the past couple of weeks that he wouldn’t be back.

So Steve Evans - who almost certainly knew in the middle of last week that he wouldn’t get Dicko - had to bring someone else in and landed Hitchcock who opened this season getting a late winner for QPR against Ipswich.

Arriving so late in the week, it was no surprise the 21-year-old began on the bench although it gives an indication as to his mentality and his confidence that he declared his frustration at not starting.

Coincidentally, he started against the club where he’d just spent a month on loan. He scored three in six for Crewe during December and his cameo for the Millers suggested he could do something similar here.

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