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Smallwood sees quality at the club

25 January 2014

Loanee looking for more...

Richard Smallwood made his Millers debut in the 2-2 draw with Crawley Town at New York Stadium, having joined from Middlesbrough earlier this week.

Lee Frecklington’s absence meant the 23-year-old slotted straight into the vacant midfield berth alongside Rob Milsom.

The Redcar-born player told he was content with his first game in the red of Rotherham:

“I thought I did okay today but I did give the ball away a couple of times which was a bit sloppy, but I did play some nice passes as well.

“I like to play football and the manager here likes to do that as well, but push on up the pitch a bit more.”

The Middlesbrough loanee though conceded that the Millers weren’t at their best, but is insistent that there is an abundance of quality in the Millers squad:

“I was a bit disappointed with the goals we conceded and think we could have done a little bit better.

“I've seen on the training pitch that we've got some good quality players here and it just didn't come off today, which is something we can hopefully put right on Tuesday.”

The 23-year-old did come close to scoring a debut goal for the Millers with a long-range effort that whistled wide of the post and insists he can contribute in attack:

“I like to get goals but the way I’ve been playing at Middlesbrough recently has meant I've been a bit more deep-lying. It's a bit different here because the team likes to press high but I'll get used to that in a couple of games.”

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