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Gaffer praises Cumbrians boss

22 November 2013

Evans impressed with Kavanagh...

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has praised the effect that Graham Kavanagh has had on Carlisle United since his appointment earlier in the campaign.

Kavanagh took over from the long-serving Greg Abbott in September and has steered the Cumbrians away from the bottom four, and into a consolidating mid-table position, and Evans believes that traits of his playing career have transferred from the field to the touchline.

”He’s changed one or two people around in terms of team selection which is a matter of opinions and when they’ve gone away in league games they’ve been playing really well,” Evans exclusively told Millers Player. “They’re looking a little more dynamic in games and that’s what he was like as a player, going at 100mph with great technique and ability. He’s taken them from worrying about relegation to safely in mid-table and now looking at the play-off group like the rest of us.”

Lee Frecklington was withdrawn late in the game as the Millers overcame Stevenage 3-0 at the Lamex, but Evans insists his midfielder will be available for the visit of Kavanagh’s side, along with the other two people who were brought off last week, Claude Davis and Michael O’Connor.

“He (Lee) is absolutely fine, he’s good as is Claude who came through the Stevenage game and has trained all week. Michael we haven’t seen training due to his thigh strain although we’ll check today and he should be ok, and Mark Bradley isn’t 100% but if we needed him to play then I think he can.”

Another long-term absentee could also make his return to the side after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. David Worrall has been missing since scoring the winning goal against Broadfield back in August but is nearing full-fitness.

“As for David Worrall, does this weekend come a little bit too soon for him? We’ll see. David has been in full training all week, and he’s trying to put some weight on as well as doing the extra training. It’s a fine balance that Paul Warne and Paul Raynor have to strike. In an ideal world Wozza would come through a few reserve games but that’s not the case and whether he could be fit enough to come off the bench and have an impact we’ll see.”

You can watch Steve’s team news, as well as an exclusive interview with new signing Nouha Dicko on Millers Player. For a sneak peak, watch this free video from the Millers on Youtube below.

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