Rotherham United: Winning strategy for Millers

Kari Arnason is mobbed after his goal
Kari Arnason is mobbed after his goal
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Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has hailed the club’s best win of the season, and revealed that even if they’d lost against Blackburn Rovers it wouldn’t have knocked them off course.

His side saw off the former Premier League champions 2-0 in one of the great ‘nights under the lights’ at New York Stadium on Tuesday.

The Millers manager said: “I think, if you judge it on the end result, you would say it’s the most complete performance this season.”

“I think we’ve played a little bit more football for longer periods in other games.

“But I think all round, for the size of the size of the job and the fact that we hadn’t won in five, this was the most complete.

Then he added: “People from outside the football club, not inside the football club, were trying to load pressure on us. My chairman told me before the game that if we lose for the next seven or eight, our plan continues. We still plan to go on. It’s not a case, inside the football club, that we lose two or three and things change.”

Rotherham produced a stirring display to deservedly win with first-half goals from Kari Arnason - his first since the League Two days - and Luciano Becchio.

It moved them up to 17th place, three points behind their opponents who would have moved to within a point of the play-off places if they had prevailed.

Evans said: “It was a performance that had many aspects to it. I think it continued from where we were at Ipswich, where we were against Charlton, where we were at Bolton, where we played some excellent football.

“We don’t kid ourselves. We’re still adjusting to a fantastic level of football in the Championship.

“It’s probably equal to any good result we’ve ever achieved as a football club, and I think in the first half we were special. It’s a shame the game wasn’t over at half-time because we genuinely felt we should have had three or four.

“There isn’t a player in a Rotherham United shirt who didn’t give us everything.”

Next up for the Millers are Championship pace-setters Norwich City on Saturday, before the two-week international break

Evans added: “We don’t get carried away. We’ve been unlucky in recent weeks. We knew a win was round the corner and now round the corner has come.

“We’re satisfied because we’ve got three points. We know Tuesday night doesn’t win us anything, but just have a little look at some of the teams below us in the table ... there are clubs there with five and six times our resources.

“We’ve got a strategy here - myself, the chairman and the team - and we’ll continue to work to that strategy.”