Rotherham United: ‘Hurting’ Millers boss Steve Evans sets sights on Sheffield Wednesday derby

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“They’ve been waiting for us for two years. We’re there. We’ll turn up.”

Boss Steve Evans admitted he was “hurting” after the Tuesday-night defeat at Reading but put it behind him to issue his rallying cry ahead of Rotherham United’s South Yorkshire derby against arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday,

The Millers manager dismissed any doubters before Hillsborough showdown.

“We’re in a crisis, aren’t we? I think if we win on Saturday we’re level with the other club in Sheffield. There’s no crisis here,” he said.

“Any game is a good game to have on Saturday. Does Sheffield Wednesday excite me more than any other game? No. Does it excite our fans? Of course it does.

“Don’t be kidded that the other side of the motorway doesn’t get excited.”

“I’ve got salot of respect for Stuart (Owls head coach Gray) and the job he has done, a lot of respect for a football club that’s got a great history.

“We’re proud to be going there in the Championship. We just need to be proud of our performance when we leave.”

The Millers have lost 3-0 in their last two games, to Middlesbrough when Jordan Bowery was wrongly sent off after 30 minutes and at the Madejski Stadium against the Royals, but went five matches unbeaten before then.

After Reading, Evans said: “We were poor, as poor as we’ve been. We lacked everything everything that is good about our game from start to finish, well probably after the first 15 minutes.

“We just didn’t do what we’re good at, which is pressing and working hard all over the pitch. I think they outworked us, which is unusual for my team.

“ It was an uncharacteristic performance. They’re in their hurting, I’m hurting. We’re all hurting,”

“I’ve said it every season I’ve been a manager, every game I’ve been a manager, I can put up with players having a bad game, I can put up with them missing a pass, missing a chance, doing things which are uncharacteristic.

“I can’t put up with a lack of spirit and endeavour and fight.”

Despite his disappointment , Evans backed his players to quickly fight back.

“The doubters will be jumping up from behind the couch, but we’ve got some good players in our dressing room, some big characters, and now we need to demonstrate that,” he said.

“We need to prove a point rather than make a point. Rather than talk about it, we need to go and prove a point.”