Rotherham United: Evans puts points first

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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has put points ahead of performance as his side prepare for tomorrow’s match at home to Blackburn Rovers.

The Millers, without a win since August 23’s away triumph at Millwall, face the former Premier League champions after impressing in defeat at Ipswich on Saturday.

Evans said: “The dressing room is down because of the result. The dressing room is all right because we have some experienced players in there.

“It was a stunning second half but, as I’ve just reminded them, let’s get some points on the board and then everyone concerned can relax a little bit.

“I keep saying if we play like that we’ll win games .

“I’d rather be playing like that hoping the goals go in than just being taken apart. We played exceptionally well but we need an end product.”

Rotherham were without skipper Craig Morgan who was suspended for one match after picking up five bookings and midfielder Richie Smallwood was missing with a tight hamstring.

The Millers were further weakened by the absence of loan duo Paul Taylor and Anthony Wordsworth against their parent club, while Kari Arnsason played despite not being fully fit.

They recalled defender Danny Rowe from his loan spell at Wycombe to provide cover on the bench.

“It was all hands on deck today. We didn’t have a spare body at the football club, and that’s why young Daniel Rowe had to be recalled in case Arni failed his fitness test,” Evans said.

“He played despite being only 60/70 per cent fit, and he was outstanding again.

“We go back on the training ground and get ready for former Premiership champions Blackburn Rovers.

“That’s why we’re in the Championship, why we worked so hard. They’re great games to be involved in.”

Smallwood will be assessed ahead of kick-off.