Rotherham United: A sleepless night and then Millers boss Steve Evans moves on

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Rotherham United boss Steve Evans was allowing himself one night of pain before focusing all his efforts on keeping his team in the Championship next season.

After the 5-0 defeat against Wolves, the Millers manager pledged to lift spirits in time for tomorrow night’s trip to play-off-chasing Watford.

“We’ll be positive for Watford,” he said after Saturday’s match.

“We won’t be positive tonight. We’ll hurt tonight, and I won’t sleep and all the stuff that goes with that.

“Then we’ll move on and get ready for Tuesday.”

Rotherham dropped a place to 21st in the table at the weekend but remain three points clear of third-from-bottom Millwall and have a significantly better goal difference than the South-east London outfit.

Evans added: “We said that if we come out of Watford and we’re in a position in the table which gives us a real desire to fight on and lift ourselves up the table then we would be happy.

“We said that back in July. We’ve got a chance to go to Watford and get a positive result and make sure then we’re fresh and ready for the 13 games that are left.”

Despite the heavy loss, the Millers have been beaten only four times in their last 13 second-tier outings and Evans is determined to keep things on an even keel.

“We’ve never got too high when we’ve won in recent weeks,” he said.

“We have to look at it, learn from it and move on from it.

“We won’t be too low. We can’t allow ourselves to be.

“We say Watford away is tough, but is it any different to coming here today or is it any different to when we host Millwall next Saturday? They’re all big games. We need to go away and work hard because that’s what we’re about.”

Centre-half Richard Wood played in Crawley’s 2-1 League One win at Swindon after joining them on a month’s loan.