ROTHERHAM UNITED: Hurting is a good thing says Steve Evans

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ROTHERHAM United manager Steve Evans has revealed that his players were “hurting” after losing on penalties at Hull - and considered it a good thing!

“We were all disappointed because we didn’t deserve to go out and the players were hurting,” said Evans.

“Well, if a good team if hurting then that’s fine by me. It shows that they care and, whilst we played well, they don’t want to settle for that, they want to be winners.

“It was a day when we wanted to show what we are capable of and did that.”

Meanwhile, Rotherham are gearing up for Saturday’s opening league game at the New York Stadium and with a near full-house likely, they expect it to be an occasion as well as the important business of getting three points.

Dave Watson, regarded as Rotherham United’s greatest=ever player, will be among special guests and make the club draw at half-time along with big Millers fan Chris Wolstenholme from top band Muse, fresh from their appearance at the Olympic closing ceremony.

Wolstenholme has overseen production of a limited edition CD by Rotherham band Foundry which includes a special version of New York, New York.

The Royal Scots Guards Pipe and Drum Band will parade at 2.40, wearing, appropriately enough, the Royal Stewart tartan. Club chairman Tony Stewart is likely to make a brief address with a card display by every spectator and a balloon release.