Rotherham United’s new on-loan striker Tom Hitchcock was the subject of glowing praise on his arrival - from the manager of today’s opponents Crewe Alexandra!
The 21-year-old, in on a month’s loan from QPR, has just finished a loan spell at Crewe where he scored three times in six appearances during December.
Crewe wanted to take him back to Gresty Road and manager Steve Davis said: “It’s disappointing we’ve lost out because Tom was terrific for us and a good lad.
“I thought we had a chance of getting him and Tom was always positive about his time with us but that’s football.”
Hitchcock joined the Millers yesterday on a month’s loan from QPR where his father, Kevin, is goalkeeping coach.
He has made one league appearance for QPR this season, going on as a sub and scoring a late winner at home to Ipswich in August.
Last season he was on loan at Bristol Rovers and was a second half sub when Rotherham beat them 2-1 at the Memorial Ground last February.
Rotherham are reported to have missed out on Yeovil’s Paddy Madden who has joined Scunthorpe in a £300,000 deal. They retain their interest in trying to land Nouha Dicko from Wigan who is now further down the pecking order there after Wigan landed striker Nicky Maynard from Cardiff. Rotherham face stiff competition for Dicko.
“We’ve have had a little break, freshened up and if we exit the second half of the campaign in the same place we were at the end of the first half then that would be great,” said Millers boss Steve Evans.
“The way we have dominated some games here, particularly in the first half, has been frightening in view of the some of the quality of the football and the chances we’ve created. But you need to kill teams off; put games to bed.”
Rotherham look to correct a record of one win in the last eight league games at home. Crewe have lost once in the last six, winning the last two.