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Gaffer on a Sunday

15 July 2012

Speaking from the Millers training camp in the Algarve, manager Steve Evans continued to put his individual squad players under the microscope.

This week the manager focuses on the remaining four players and next week he will do the same with his staff members, and continue that theme with the key people behind the scenes here at Rotherham United.

David Noble 

This lad has fantastic natural ability and has a range of passing that at times is breathtaking.

'Nobes' is not a lad who only plays sideways, in fact is always probing at looking to hit those killer balls that open up defences. At times he can have a little tendency to over play but hopefully we will work with him to get this just right, because when he does he really becomes unplayable at times.

Our supporters will take to this lad and he will give them everything he has. He is a very brave player in that he will always be available to take the ball even in the most difficult of situations, but as we saw glimpses of yesterday he has the ability to comfortably deal with that.

We want players with us who have a great desire to win with the ability to match that and in 'Nobes' we have that. He will ensure we get the best out of our wide players as he will ensure they get good possession of the ball high up the pitch and in the rights areas to attack the last defenders.

Mitch Rose 

A young man who also has good ability but as expected he still has to find that consistency but that will be developed.

This lad has the greatest of enthusiasm and can also pick a killer pass but his decision making in this area needs to sharpen up if he is to force his way into the first team plans.

I am delighted with the progress he has made since we arrived in April but that must continue, I believe it will with pure hard graft and that desire this boy has.

Alec Denton 

Young 'Dents' did fantastic yesterday in our match at Parkgate FC in which he got himself two goals.

This lad was one of those on his way out of Rotherham United when I arrived but in him I saw a young man who had a habit of scoring goals, the best habit any footballer can ever have.

He needs to continue to work hard with his technical ability which is improving with hard work but has a long way to go.

I like his attitude and the way he celebrates scoring a goal, when he puts the ball in the net he looks the happiest lad in the world.

This is another youngster with a chance and he needs to want this more than anything in the world, he is another I believe in.

Danny Schofield 

Danny is a good footballer and has the attitude to match but he is not in our plans at Rotherham United.

I want my wide players to have pace and be direct, this lad plays the role well but he does it in a different way to how we are shaping the pattern of the team. He is a good player and I would expect his agent is talking to some other clubs now but such is football we will only find that out if something has a chance of happening.

A month ago he was made available for transfer alongside Ryan Cresswell and Jamie Annerson, both those lads have now moved on to new pastures. 'Schoey' has told me himself that he wants to play football more than anything at this stage of his career, we are about to find out if that is the case.

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