ROTHERHAM UNITED: Steve Evans demands a winning culture

Goal glee: Sam Hoskins is congratulated on his goal at Aldershot by Alex Revell, Dale Tonge, Danny Schofield, Tom Newey, Ben Pringle and Gareth Evans.    PICTURE: paul wickson
Goal glee: Sam Hoskins is congratulated on his goal at Aldershot by Alex Revell, Dale Tonge, Danny Schofield, Tom Newey, Ben Pringle and Gareth Evans. PICTURE: paul wickson
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ROTHERHAM United manager Steve Evans wants to instil a winning culture throughout the club next season so that anything less than a win will leaving people hurting.

“Let’s set some standards and let’s start by having a winning culture and not being happy to settle for anything less,” said Evans.

“We got a draw at Aldershot but I was disappointed with a draw. I want a mindset where if we don’t win then it hurts.

“That has not been the feeling that I’ve noticed. When we went to 10 men at Aldershot we altered it so that we could still try and win the game.

“My intention will always be to try and affect the game.”

“People ask about the style of football of my teams but I say that I want winning football and you can win a number of ways.

“We have one football match to go this season (at home to Northampton on Saturday) and I want to see us going all out to win it.”

Evans (along with chairman Tony Stewart) is set to meet the larger cross-section of fans for the first time on Thursday at the Millers Trust Fans Forum at the Carlton Park Hotel (7.30).

It will give him the opportunity to outline his plans for the club and give those fans a flavour of what they can expect from a busy summer on the transfer front.

Evans had already indicated that he is looking to make up to 10 signings although not all of those will be guaranteed a starting place.

“I’m not going to get everybody I go for and if we go for someone and don’t get him, then I’ll tell the fans who it was,” he said.

“That will create debate in the pubs, clubs and steelworks as will, of course, those who we sign and there will be some exciting ones.

“Whoever does come in needs to buy into the ambition here what this football club will be about, not least with moving into a fantastic new stadium.

“There will be high expectation but I want people to embellish that and I want people here who are going to live and breathe this club.”

He will have Ryan Cresswell available for Saturday and, at Aldershot, played Mark Bradley in his place in centre defence.

“He got ahead of Richard Naylor on fitness, he’d played more games and he was excellent,” Evans said of Bradley for whom it was a first league start in centre defence.