Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne told iFOLLOW that whenever he’s come on, striker Caolan Lavery has done ‘really well’.
Lavery joined the Millers on loan from neighbours Sheffield United in January and has made twelve appearances in a Rotherham shirt, mostly off the bench, scoring twice, his last goal coming on Saturday in the two-nil win over Bristol Rovers.
‘He’s always given his job lot when he’s come on,’ Warney said, ‘and the fans really appreciate it.
‘It was good for him to get a goal, especially late on, on Saturday. Those one goal leads are quite stressful so to get that second goal was a relief. And scoring at that end was great for him.
‘He deserves his chance like everybody else. It’s the same with Bally (David Ball) who hasn’t been in the team much recently and Jerry (Yates). They all want to play a part.
‘It’s good for me to have options. It’s nice when your bench is as strong as the eleven in front of you. I could make any changes I want for Saturday and I don’t think that would make us any weaker.’
Going on to speak about striker Michael Smith who scored the first goal on Saturday, Warney said, ‘I think he’s done really well but I don’t think he’s exceeded our expectations.
‘We didn’t sign him on a whim. We knew what he could do. He’s in a good vein of form and one thing you can say about Smudge is that the centre-halves definitely know they’ve been in a game against him, he’s a right handful.
‘He’s got a full network of support here and we all think the world of him. He suits the way we play and I’m really pleased with him and he’s still improving.’