Rotherham United: Millers boss to stay on attack

Doubtful: Daniel Nardiello in danger of missing Torquay game.
Doubtful: Daniel Nardiello in danger of missing Torquay game.
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ROTHERHAM United manager Steve Evans has no intention of changing his side’s attacking ways in favour of something more pragmatic.

They play Torquay United at Plainmoor tonight seeking a result which will put them back into the play-off zone.

They dropped out of it with Saturday’s defeat at Burton but would definitely get back in it with a win. A draw, or a defeat, will see them stay ninth.

The loss at Burton was the first in the league away from home since the 5-0 Dagenham debacle on November 10.

“I defy anyone to say that we weren’t the better side even with ten men in the second half at Burton,” said Evans. “They had 11 men and they played on the counter-attack.

“Yes, I’d be happy to grind out a result but but we haven’t become a bad team because we lost at home to Barnet and Bristol Rovers. We’ve suffered from individual errors.

“Were we a bad team when beating Northampton? We were in sparkling form at Rochdale and before Christmas.

“I don’t intend changing how we play. We’re not a management team to go and put 11 men behind the ball. Ok, you might win 1-0 but it’s not good to watch

“We’re not that type; the chairman doesn’t want that and the supporters wouldn’t allow it either.”

He added: “We’ve always been a management team that’s played high energy, passionate, in-your-faces football. Get it down with passing players and that’s what we’ll continue to do.”

Biggest doubt is Daniel Nardiello who took a knock at Burton and a late decision will be made.

Michael O’Connor (three-match ban) and David Noble (one-match ban) are missing tonight.

It seems that Claude Davis will be recalled in centre defence with Kari Arnason moving back into midfield probably partnered by Lee Frecklington. Ben Pringle will also be in the frame.

Winger Dan Kearns, who came on at half-time on Saturday and impressed, could get his first start.

Torquay, who lost 1-0 at home to Fleetwood on Saturday, will again be without big striker Rene Howe who is suspended.

Meanwhile, Evans claims that the issue over Saturday’s referee Eddie Ilderton, who he severely criticised afterwards and accused of being obnoxious, rude and embarrassing to him and his staff at half-time, is now closed.

The man in charge of match officials across the Football League, former referee David Allison, was at Saturday’s game and he and Evans, along with match referee Ilderton, had a meeting some time after the game.

“There was no debate or argument, just a discussion and I’ve always found David Allison an extremely honest guy who will tell me how it is and say whether he thinks I’m wrong or right,” said Evans.

“I told them what I’d said and Eddie Ilderton explained that he made certain comments in different ways.

“Sometimes it’s the mannerisms of speech. Sometimes I’ll speak to people and they’ll think I’ve been obnoxious and rude but it might be that I’m in a hurry going somewhere or trying to manage one situation or another and may say something off the cuff.

“The referee explained one or two things; David Allison backed that up and I can accept it.

“As far as we were all concerned, the matter is closed and I was told that.”

He said he didn’t expect the FA to become involved despite the nature of his comments which were made at the after-match press gathering.