Rotherham United: Millers ace says standard been set

Alex Revell scores for Rotherham United against Bradford City in the FA Cup
Alex Revell scores for Rotherham United against Bradford City in the FA Cup
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On a number of occasions this season Rotherham United have had genuine grumbles that dominant performances and the football they played, have not produced the results they deserved.

Then, on Tuesday, it was the other way around and they know that the win at Hartlepool was the season’s most fortunate and one that, on the overall balance of play, they did not deserve.

This followed a display in which it all came together - performance and result as they emphatically despatched Bradford City from the FA Cup.

Now, striker Alex Revell wants that Bradford performance to be the standard for the side.

“That is the benchmark now,” said Revell, revitalised after his recent difficulty at MK Dons which resulted in him being left out of the starting line-up for the game afterwards for the first time this season.

“We hadn’t won for five games but we went and put on a performance against Bradford and got the win as well. Hopefully that will be the start of something and we can go on a new run.

“With the squad we have - and it is a really good one - we are capable of doing that.

“I always thought too that, one day, we would batter someone and it would show up on the scoreline and we did that and to beat Bradford City 3-0 is no mean result.

“Now it’s about what happens next and this is a manager who does not let you drop your levels.”

They certainly were below the level they want to be in the JPT win at Hartlepool when manager Steve Evans made five changes, giving some of the squad players an outing.

“Some players did ok - I thought Michael Tidser was the best on the pitch in the second half - but some didn’t but some of the regulars didn’t play well on Tuesday and I think there was a bit of fatigue from the Bradford game,” reckoned boss Evans.

He looks sure to recall Revell and Ben Pringle for the trip to Stevenage whilst awaiting a decision on midfielder Michael O’Connor.

“He’s had a little thigh problem and I spoke to Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill and asked if there was any point in Michael going to Turkey to sit watching training, because he couldn’t take part, and therefore probably not play at the end of it,” said Evans.

“We’ll have a look at him on Friday, see what the medical people say and see if he can train. Then we will make a decision about him after all the various stages.”

There could be a return for Claude Davis who was on the bench last Saturday and Tuesday and his physical presence would be a handy option to have.