Cardiff 0 Rotherham United 0: Lawrence is too good for this level – Evans

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Rotherham manager Steve Evans has backed on-loan midfielder Tom Lawrence to play a vital role for Leicester in the Premier League this season.

The 20-year-old joined the Millers on a one-month loan from Nigel Pearson’s side last month and was the shining light in a dull draw at Cardiff.

Evans reckons the young Welshman will be a key part of the Foxes’ bid to stay in the Premier League. “Tom’s a real smashing talent, in the first half he was unplayable.

“The boys at Cardiff had a real problem with him, he was popping up everywhere on the pitch and hurting them with his quality on the ball. Nigel Pearson might be saying in January that he is a big part of what they are trying to do because he showed today he should be playing a level above.”

Rotherham were unlucky to extend their run without a win to eight matches as they had the better chances in the stalemate.

Evans’s side could have found themselves leading at the break if it had not been for some desperate Bluebirds’ defending to stop Paul Green stabbing home.

Federico Macheda had the best chance to fire the hosts ahead but goalkeeper Adam Collin did just enough to keep the scores level.

He then sparked a counter- attack which saw Alex Revell’s header tipped onto the bar, but the Championship strugglers once again lacked the cutting edge. Evans said: “We did more than work hard. We played some super football, our passing and moving was exceptional.”

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly (Da Silva 80), Sean Morrison, Turner, Brayford, Kim, Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Noone, Jones (Macheda 66), Le Fondre (Ravel Morrison 84). Unused substitutes: Adeyemi, Daehli, Ralls, Moore.

Rotherham United: Collin, Wootton, Arnason, Morgan, James, Ledesma (Bowery 74), Green, Smallwood, Pringle (Taylor 84), Lawrence (Clarke-Harris 90), Revell. Unused substitutes: Richardson, Newton, Brandy, Thompson.

Referee: Andy D’Urso (Essex).

Man of the match: Tom Lawrence.