Rotherham United: Boss Steve Evans’ challenge to Millers

Matt Derbyshiire shoots against Watford
Matt Derbyshiire shoots against Watford
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Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has challenged his players to pick up points now that the club’s toughest Championship run over the season is over.

After five consecutive matches against teams going for automatic promotion or the play-offs, the 21st-placed Millers have five of their next seven games at home, most of which are against teams near them in the table.

Speaking after Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat at Watford, Evans said: We go forward with positivity now, but I’ve just said to the players it’s time for all of us to prove a point rather than talk a point.

“The games are coming. We need to deal with them.”

First up for the Millers is Saturday’s AESSEAL New York Stadium clash, who occupy the last relegation spot and are three points behind Rotherham.

“We don’t kid ourselves. Millwall are a decent side,” Evans said. “They’re coming to do their bit.

“Us being in he Championship won’t be decided on Saturday whatever happens, but it would be nice to win.”

The Millers took four points in February in matches against Ipswich, Blackburn, Derby, Wolves and Watford to remain clear of the drop zone.

The Rotherham boss blamed Tuesday’s loss on individual mistakes.

Kari Arnason slipped to gift Odion Ighalo the first goal and Adam Collin twice failed to hold on to shots, letting in Troy Deeney and Ighalo again.

“I think the players concerned accept it’s individual errors. Kari’s slip was disappointing but then you have the two bigger individual errors which take the game out of our hands,” Evans said,

After the end of speculation linking him to the Peterborough hot-seat, he said: “I’ve read more in the press than I heard in my ear. I’ve seen words attributed to the chairman of Peterborough who I know very well who said there will be no formal approach. If there’s no formal approach, nobody’s got a question. I told our supporters ‘Don’t be alarmed’. If they don’t know Steve Evans is in the trenches to keep this club in the Championship, then they don’t know Steve Evans.”