Loan Watch: Norwich City’s Tony Andreu shines for Rotherham, as Harry Toffolo earns praise
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Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn has praised Norwich City youngster Harry Toffolo following his successful loan debut for the Millers.
The left-back only joined the Championship side on a one-month emergency loan deal on Monday but was thrown straight into league action for the Millers on Tuesday evening.
Toffolo and Canaries team-mate Tony Andreu – also on loan at Rotherham, until January – both started against high-flying Reading at the New York Stadium.
The England Under-20 international was tasked with marking the Royals' right winger Nick Blackman, who had opened the scoring for the visitors in the first half, only to see Danny Collins volley home an equaliser from an Andreu corner in the 48th minute.
French playmaker Andreu was named as man of the match in his sixth appearance for the club but it was 20-year-old Toffolo who earned praise from Redfearn.
'I thought it was a great performance,' Redfearn said of Toffolo's debut, speaking to his club's official website.
'We gave him a tough ask because he was up against Blackman who is as good as you're going to get as an outside right.
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'I thought he stuck to his task really well and as the game went on he grew and grew. He made some fantastic interceptions and defensive play and I thought his passing was excellent as well.'
The duo could be back in action on Friday night, when local rivals Sheffield Wednesday make the short trip to take on their Yorkshire rivals.
It remains to be seen whether Michael Turner will feature in that match for the Owls, missing last night's 0-0 draw at QPR with a knee injury having been a regular starter so far during his season-long loan.
Elliott Bennett started again for Bristol City, playing the first hour of a 2-1 loss at league leaders Brighton, managed by his former Canaries boss Chris Hughton.
Young winger Josh Murphy started again for MK Dons but could not prevent his loan club from losing 2-0 at Huddersfield. His twin brother, Jacob, could not force victory for Coventry at Rochdale in League One – coming on in the 73rd minute of a 0-0 draw.