SIMON GRAYSON hailed the debut display of midfielder Neil Danns and predicted: “He will get better still.”
Town’s boss last week landed the experienced Leicester man on loan until the end of the season.
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He started the 30-year-old on the right-hand side of a midfield four against Birmingham, one of his former clubs.
Danns (right) switched to the centre alongside Adam Clayton after Grayson replaced Oliver Norwood with Adam Hammill in the 57th minute.
Alan Lee went on for James Vaughan in the 69th before, with his side still trailing to Callum Reilly’s goal going into time added on, Grayson threw men forward and went three at the back by sending on striker Lee Novak for left-back Paul Dixon.
“I was pleased with Neil’s input,” said Grayson of Danns, who had a loan spell at Championship rivals Bristol City earlier this season.
“He settled in well considering he has only just arrived and has had just a couple of sessions with the team.
“He showed energy and enthusiasm, first wide right, then in the centre, and the great thing is, he will get better the more games he plays.”
Saturday’s game was seen by scouts from six Premier League clubs.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Norwich, Swansea and West Ham all had representatives in the stand.
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So too did Championship leaders Cardiff, who along with South Wales rivals Swansea, are said to be keeping tabs on Town right-back Jack Hunt.
The Irish FA had scout Tommy Johnson at the game while Andrea Viglieno was running the rule over Town for this Saturday’s opponents Watford.
The Hornets went sixth in the Championship by winning 2-1 at Middlesbrough through two goals from Czech striker Matej Vydra.
“In the second half we were excellent, as a team and as individuals. We stepped up a level and were much more positive,” said boss Gianfranco Zola.