THERE will no be resting on our laurels - that was the Steve Evans message ahead of tonight’s clash with Rochdale at the New York Stadium.
“The response on Saturday was exactly what we’d had hoped for after the Port Vale result,” said the Rotherham United boss.
“Now we have to be prepared for another tough game and there has to be no resting on our laurels - only a desire to push on and strive to do better. That has to be the aim.
“From where I was sitting, I was very pleased with what I saw,” added Evans who will again be at his Rotherham apartment watching on a big screen with the club’s own commentary piped through.
“Obviously you don’t see the whole picture and you miss something that way but it’s the next best thing in my situation.
“I shouted at the screen a few times and made remarks to Paul Raynor except he wasn’t in the room with me.
“It was nerve-wracking but it’s a punishment and that’s why the FA have done it - to punish me.”
He kept in touch at various times via mobile phone contact and so still had input.
Evans made changes on Saturday which included Alex Revell getting a start up front - and he got the only goal against Torquay - whilst Craig Morgan, in centre defence, and Dale Tonge, at left back, got their first starts.
Kari Arnason is available again and Evans looks set to recall him.
Midfielder David Noble won’t be involved again, his break extended by a couple of days to resolve personal issues following the ‘clear the air’ chat with Evans.
“He had a virus but, regardless of that, would not have been considered for the Torquay game because he wasn’t considered to be mentally in the right frame of mind,” said Evans.
“He had been disrespectful to a staff member. Sometimes, it’s right to sit down in the cold light of day, with a cup of coffee, and have a chat and I found he’d personal issues which needed sorting out and it’s right he gets time to do that.
“I’ve known him 10 years; I know his family - proper people - and they know that if he deserves my support then he’ll get it and he knows I’ll give it him.”
The club will look into the problem they had with their automatic turnstiles on Saturday. Long queues formed when the automatic ticket reader at the turnstiles wouldn’t function and entrances had to be operated manually.
“We shall investigate and see what happened,” said the club’s Chief Operating Officer Paul Douglas who also said they would be checking the sound quality from the PA announcement system.