Rotherham United: Millers will get better says Evans

New Millers loan signing James Tavernier, left, when with Wednesday
New Millers loan signing James Tavernier, left, when with Wednesday
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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans reckons his side will be better in the second half of the season than they have been so far.

The Millers boss says he expects them to build on what they have done so far.

“No one will be getting carried away but I think we will be better as the season progresses and out fitness certainly will tell,” he says. “Yes, we are capable of having games like we had last Saturday and it was pointed out that we haven’t won any of our last five home games in the league but I’m not worried about that - just look where we are, right next to the play-offs.

“There is business to do in January and we continually look to add to the squad and to improve us and when things really get going when the season turns then we’re going to be ready for it,” added Evans whose side take on Gillingham tomorrow at the New Yorks Stadium.

He is expected to give another start to Nouha Dicko who made quite an impact on his full debut against Coventry on Tuesday.

“The fact is, the lad is better than that,” claimed Evans. “He’s not had much time with us but you are going to see someone who will make a difference.”

The efforts to add to his squad before yesterday’s deadline were inevitable in view of the lack of cover at right back - with Mark Bradley out for a month due to his groin problem - and for target man Alex Revell.

Bolton recalled Tom Eaves this week and he went on loan to fellow League One side Shrewsbury yesterday.

Assistant manager Paul Raynor said yesterday that midfielder Michael O’Connor was ‘very unlikely’ to return against Gillingham tomorrow.

“He hasn’t trained today and it’s an injury we have to manage and we don’t want to rush him and risk losing him for a spell,” said Raynor.

“It was a shock when Rob Milsom had to pull out 20 minutes before the start on Tuesday but Michael Tidser came in and did really well in a display that was different to our norm but was a good, tactical display designed to deal with Coventry strengths.”