STEVE Evans dedicated Rotherham United’s derby-match win over Chesterfield to the club’s fans - and hoped it compensated them for some recent home performances.
“We knew what a game like this meant to the fans of both clubs and this win was for our supporters who have had some bad days here lately,” remarked boss Evans, whose side recently had a spell of five home defeats in the league in six matches.
“They can go away and not only enjoy it but also talk about the football, which was exceptional.
“The quality people showed out there was excellent and I’ve not seen better passing football in League Two. If anybody has, send me a postcard quick.
“We have given our supporters some fantastic performances at times and if I can get the team to play with the effort, passion and commitment they showed here and in the second half at both Torquay and Burton, then our results will get even better.
“At times we went through them like a knife through butter yet could not find the end product.
“But I doubt if any Rotherham team has ever dominated Chesterfield in one of these derby affairs quite like this one did.”
Evans admitted that
when they hadn’t cashed in, he feared that the opposition might take the chance that would come their way ... “football has a track record of such things,” he said. “But had we got a second I reckon we’d have got some more.”
Chesterfield manager Paul Cook admitted they let their fans down.
He added: “We got away with murder; it should have been more. We didn’t turn up in any shape or form.
“The best team won comfortably. We built up a head of steam late but it was out of embarrassment because of how bad we were.
“I take the blame for everything, I’ve no problem with that, but players need to stand up now and again.
“Their goal was coming. How ever you dress it up as a manager, they were going to score.
“Credit to them, they were a handful from the first minute and it was pure luck we got to half-time at 0-0.
“The likelihood is that you want to change it at half-time, but you think ‘can they keep it up and can we play any worse?’.
“We let our supporters down, but I’ve been brought in to do a job and I think they trust me.”
Chesterfield midfielder Sam Hird’s booking was his tenth of the season so he will now serve a two-match ban.