THE media room at Wycombe Wanderers where Press men adjourn at half-time for prawn sandwiches (as opposed to the delicious Pukka pies at the New York Stadium) is within whispering distance of the away dressing room.
Except that whispering wasn’t the modus operandi of the away team manager on Tuesday night!
Rotherham United’s controversial boss Steve Evans has a reputation for letting rip on occasion and, to use his own words, “getting in people’s faces”.
By dint of the sounds emanating from behind closed doors just yards away at Adams Park, Evans was forcibly making a point or two and one or two individuals appeared to be receiving the suggestion that they’d better improve in the second half or else...
Trailing 1-0, the Millers did improve with Daniel Nardiello scoring twice and, in the process, taking his tally to 18.
They were caught by a late equaliser but it was another point in their promotion quest.
“I told them straight,” was Evans’ answer to after-match questions about his approach at half-time. “There were a few words,” he added but declined to elaborate further.
“We were poor for 20 minutes, controlled the rest of the half and then got on top in the second half. We could have dealt better with the corner for their equaliser.”
With a vacancy in defence due to Kari Arnason starting a two-match ban, Evans recalled Dale Tonge at right back after just one appearance since the end of October. He decided against recalling Craig Morgan who is still on the way back after four months out with a broken leg and continued his fitness battle in the reserve game at Chesterfield yesterday.
The point gained saw Rotherham move into fifth place above Cheltenham, the team they play on Saturday at Whaddon Road. They are both on 61 points.
They have a game in hand on the teams immediately above them, three points behind faltering Port Vale. Northampton are fourth.