Rotherham United loan ace Farrend Rawson admits boss Steve Evans was right to keep him waiting for a first-team place.
The teeenage centre-half made his first start of the season in place of former captain Greg Halford at Charlton on Saturday and scored the goal which earned the Millers a 1-1 draw.
Rawson, who is with Rotherham until January, had been hampered by a groin injury which delayed his summer arrival from Derby by around three weeks.
“He didn’t want to put me in too early. He wanted me to get my match fitness up,” the 19-year-old said. “And do you know what? He was right.
“It is frustrating and you don’t understand it at the time because you’re a footballer and all you want to do is play football. But it was the right decision.
“The Gaffer has been talking to me a lot and giving me a lot of encouragement, telling me to keep going. I’m buzzing that I came in, and I felt good.”
The youngster lasted the full match, playing a vital part in the Millers earning their first away point of the season - the third time in succession they have drawn 1-1 with the Addicks.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tired towards the end,” he said. “That’s because I put everything into my game. The last five or 10 minutes, that’s when it counts. You’ve got to dig in, see what you’ve got in he locker and try the best you can.”
Evans, meanwhile, says he will wait until after Tuesday’s match at Brighton before choosing whether to speak about speculation linking him to the vacant manager’s job at Peterborough.
“It’s no distraction for me. I have nothing to say about Peterborough United,” he said after the Addicks clash. “My focus has been on Charlton and Brighton in the space of four days. I may talk about it when we wake up after Brighton.”
When told that Millers chairman Tony Stewart is planning on him staying, Evans replied: “If the chairman has made comment, he’s the head of our football club and I fully respect his words.”
New skipper Lee Frecklington limped off at The Valley with a calf injury and the Millers will give him until the day of the Brighton game to prove his fitness.