ROTHERHAM United’s players were called in yesterday to go through the DVD of their horror show at Port Vale where a 6-2 defeat left them stunned.
“I feel it was important to come in, sit down and watch the match again and try and dig holes out of it,” said manager Steve Evans.
“We need to learn from what we see, get back out on that training ground on Monday, put it behind us and begin preparing for the next game on Saturday at home to Torquay.”
Evans said nothing surprises him in football but added: “When you see a lack of defenders picking up attackers or wide men or a lack of application to match runners, then it does surprise you.
“I’m not here to make excuses and I’m not a manager to come out and blame my players but that first half-hour was wholly unacceptable.
“At 4-2 we were camped in their half, we had them on the ropes and you were thinking about what could happen but it would be disrespectful to Port Vale if I say I felt it could have finished 4-4. They well deserved their win.
“People were hurting and the people who paid hard earned money to follow us, well, we let them down.”
Evans took off left back Laurie Wilson after 30 minutes and Nicky Hunt at half-time after he had been booked and received a final warning. New defender Craig Morgan went on at half-time.