Rotherham United: Boss Steve Evans salutes fans at Sheffield Wednesday derby

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Rotherham’ United’s huge travelling support has been praised by manager Steve Evans in the wake of the South Yorkshire derby.

Close to 5,000 fans sold out the Hillsborough away end against Sheffield Wednesday, making it the biggest away following in the country last Saturday.

Evans said: “The Rotherham United fans were willing us to go and score a goal.

“Their backing, the size and numbers and vocal support, deserved us to go and get a goal.

“They give it us every week, to be fair.”

The Millers drew 0-0 and had the better chances to win.

Evans added: “If anything, I think they will go back home frustrated rather than disappointed. I certainly go away frustrated.”

His view was echoed by Millers defender Kirk Broadfoot who said: “Our fans were brilliant.

“We have a good away support. They travel in numbers. They’re good at home as well. They’re noisy.

“I thought they were fantastic. They always back us, to be fair, so credit to them.”

Evans also saluted the bravery of referee Nigel Miller who refused to give a penalty in front of the Owls kop when Kieran Lee went down late on after turning Broadfoot.

“You’re going to be pressurised in front of that kop. They’re such fantastic supporters,” he said,

“I’m a rival manager and I want to beat them but they were really trying to suck that ball into the net in the last few minutes. It was the same at the other end.”

The Millers had a loan signing in place last week but the manager of the parent club changed his mind at the last minute, said Evans.

Keeper Scott Loach’s loan to Bury will run until January 17.