Rotherham United: Evans puts in the calls in bid for signing

Action from Swansea v Rotherham ... Craig Morgan against Wilfried Bony
Action from Swansea v Rotherham ... Craig Morgan against Wilfried Bony
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Rotherham United are confident they’ll make another signing before the transfer window closes, assistant boss Paul Raynor has revealed.

Millers manager Steve Evans is using his contacts to try to make a deal happen before close of play on Monday night.

“He’s confident of doing business because he works hard. He’s always in contact with the right people at the bigger clubs seeing who’s available,” said Raynor after Tuesday’s 1-0 Capital One Cup second-round defeat at Swansea City.

“Who’s available is ever-changing. Obviously as we get close to the end of the window some people move in and clubs lose other people. It’s a big merry-go-round. Somewhere along the line we may add a good player.

“There’s still a bit of time in this transfer window yet. We’re always looking to improve and we’ll continue to do that.

“The manager’s always looking. I know he’s been on the phone all day. He never stops in terms of that. We’ll always want to add, we’ll always want to improve. I know he’s working hard to do that while the window is still open.”

Rotherham showed up well against unbeaten Premier League opposition at the Liberty Stadium, but the club are now focusing on adding three more league points to their Championship tally at home to Brentford on Saturday before the two-week international break.

“I like to think we leave with our heads held high,” Raynor, a former Swans player, said: “We’ve come up against a very talented Swansea team and we’ve created some good chances. If we’d been a little bit more ruthless, we might have taken it into extra time. We’re disappointed to go out of the cup, but I think we gave a good account of ourselves.

“We did create some clear-cut opportunities. Conor Newton had a fantastic opportunity right at the very end to take it to extra time. He didn’t really take it. But we know what we need. We’re working hard to add that little bit of extra quality.

“We’ve got three good players who will come back in as an option for Saturday. It was a game we wanted to win but we are now turning our attentions to Saturday which is a massive game for us at home.”

The Millers will have available again midfielder Richie Smallwood, who has just signed a permanent deal from Middlesbrough, and Ipswich loan duo Paul Taylor and Anthony Wordsworth who were all cup-tied.

A win over the Bees, who were promoted with Rotherham from League One last season, would put Evans’ men on nine points after five matches - close behind the Championship front-runners.

And Raynor wants the Millers to strive to match the ease in possession shown by their top-flight cup opponents even though the Welsh side made 10 changes to their last league line-up.

“They’re a possession team. They play out from the back, they keep the ball and they can cause you a real problem,” he said. “If you open up too much they can cut through you like a knife. We gave them very few clear-cut opportunities. They had one or two at the end when we had to go for it - it’s a cup tie - and we had to try to win it.

“I’d like to think the players take a lot of belief out of the Swansea match. But we give our players belief every day of the week. We tell them what we want, we instill confidence in them and we try to get them playing the way we want to, with energy and quality.

“We’re aware we’re still a work in progress. We need to get better and we will. We’ve just said to the boys ‘that’s the kind of quality on the ball we’re aiming for’. It’s that kind of quality we need to add because we’ve created some good opportunites but most of them have come from set-pieces and long throws.”

Left-back Matt Sadler suffered a wound which required stitches after a head clash with home winger Nathan Dyer.

“He’s got a nasty cut,” Raynor revealed. “There’s bravery and there’s stupidity as well! Even against Nathan Dyer who’s about three feet two he was never going to get that header. But that just goes to show the desire. He wanted to to win the ball.”