Rotherham United: Evans backs Pringle

Ben Pringle
Ben Pringle

Rotherham United ace Ben Pringle may be unhappy with his own form, but he has a fan in manager Steve Evans.

The midfielder revealed this week that he didn’t think he had hit his standards of last season now the Millers are in the Championship and was keen to show more of his devastating crossing ability

But Evans said: “Ben Pringle is a terrific talent.

“We’ve not been as dominant in the Championship as we were in League One. We dominated from start to finish in 99 per cent of the games.

“In the Championship there are spells where we have to get Ben nice and narrow, and other wide players narrow, and stop people cutting through us like a knife through butter.

“We’d like him to get more crosses in. He’s probably not put in as many crosses as he should have done as well, so it’s twofold.

“But he’s been working hard this week and he’s certainly put some crosses in in the last few days.”

The Millers have trained hard in the second half of the international break after being given a coiuple of days off the week before and now face AFC Bournemouth this afternoon.

“It’s given us a good chance to have a full week on the training ground,” Evans said. “It’s been a good week. We’ve worked on our shape, our discipline, and there’s been a lot of good personal stuff as well.

New signings Luciano Becchio and Jonson Clarke-Harris have joined the squad, and Evans added: “People now know each other a lot better than they did on Monday. It’s a good squad of players, a healthy squad of players and we’re looking forward to the challenge at Bournemouth.

“We’re going to the home of a team that’s a real example of how to go up and embrace the Championship.

“They might be on a different level to us in terms of wages and spending power but you can’t fault the job Eddie Howe has done there since he went back there from Burnley.

“We’re looking forward to a tough day on the road.”

Evans welcomed the break, which has given the new signings chance to settle in and allowed injured player to return to fitness.

But he missed his Saturday-afternoon touchline fix!

“I’ve watched a lot of football. That side of things, it’s been business as normal,” he said.

“ But, last Saturday, I must admit that heading off to watch a game rather than being involved in it was strange. That comes with the Championship.”

Centre-half Kari Arnason, who played for Iceland on Tuesday night in a Euro 2016 qualifier, resumed training with the club on Thursday.