Evans calls for Millers reaction

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ROTHERHAM United manager Steve Evans expects his side to show resilience against Exeter City at St James Park this afternoon.

It is a quality he reckons the Millers have demonstrated they have in a season that has seen their performances and results fluctuate dramatically.

“We have had three particularly bad results (Port Vale, Southend and Dagenham) and come back each time with wins in the next game and a performance too,” said Evans.

“It shows we have resilience in our squad and we need to show that again today at what is a tough place to visit.

“Exeter are a good side and I have a lot of respect for their manager, Paul Tisdale.

“In contrast to us, they had a great result in midweek with the win at Gillingham so we are going to have to repeat what we’ve done before. And after a setback like we had on Tuesday (home defeat to Wycombe), it is how you react that matters.”

Evans adds new loan signings Liam Ridehalgh and Jack O’Connell to the squad which will also include the recalled Johnny Mullins, whose last first team appearance was in the 6-2 defeat at Port Vale when he played in centre defence in the first half and right-back in the second.

It seems likely that he will get the vacancy alongside Ian Sharps with Ridehalgh likely to come in at left-back after the injured Josh Morris’s return to Blackburn.

Lee Frecklington, on loan from Peterborough United, misses out with his back injury, although it is likely he will be fit for Accrington next Tuesday.

Michael O’Connor is available after a one-match ban, with fellow midfielder Jason Taylor challenging for a place.