ROTHERHAM UNITED: A winning mentality is major demand by Evans

Rotherham Utd v Sheffield Utd......Millers Tom Newey
Rotherham Utd v Sheffield Utd......Millers Tom Newey
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NEW manager Steve Evans wants to get the winning mentality instilled into the Rotherham United psyche from tomorrow - his first home game as Millers boss.

They take on Morecambe for their penultimate game of the four-year stay at the Don Valley Stadium.

Evans says he is looking for a winning finale to the season and is looking for the right mentality throughout the squad and the club - and it’s a winning one.

“We set our standards high and want to instil into everyone that we demand a winning mentality at this football club,” said Evans.

“We have nine points left to play for and I want them all. It probably won’t enable us to finish in the play-offs but let’s see if we can get nine points and see where we end up.

“The players have been fantastic so far and we have some excellent players and some big characters.

“Yes, we need to improve the squad and we will use between now and the end of the season and these last three games for fully assessing what we’ve got here.”

Evans confirmed that Andy Warrington would start in goal - his 199th appearance for the club - whilst Tom Newey looks set to start his first home game since the October 8 defeat by Burton Albion.

There will be late fitness checks on striker Lewis Grabban and defender Johnny Mullins.

Both have missed training due to a virus and Evans says a late decision will be made on the pair.

Michael Raynes is still absent with a hamstring injury.

“I had no complaints over the effort and the commitment at Shrewsbury last week but we did just lack a cutting edge,” added Evans.

When the teams met at the Globe Arena back in October it saw an amazing turnaround by the Millers as they came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 - and no one has yet come up with another instance of a Millers team coming back from 3-0 down to get a result.

After facing former defender Ian Sharps last week, it is his former centre defence sidekick Nick Fenton who will be back at DVS tomorrow.

Also back is left winger Kevin Ellison who has had an excellent season there and scored 17 goals.

Rotherham are five points off the last play-off spot occupied by Oxford with Crewe on the same points.