Rotherham United ‘not safe yet’ admits Evans

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Steve Evans refuses to believe Rotherham are safe despite moving nine points clear of the drop zone with a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield.

Goals in either half from Kari Arnason and Conor Sammon sealed a first league win in Huddersfield since 1964 but boss Evans said: “Nothing has been achieved.

“We have had some disappointing results this season and we have to continue to work as hard as we have up to now.

“Even if we beat Wigan next week anyone who thinks 43 points will be enough is certainly not Steve Evans.”

Arnason, denied by a one-handed save from Alex Smithies in the 40th minute, put Rotherham ahead a minute before half-time.

Former Town right-back Jack Hunt beat Jack Robinson out wide and crossed for Arnason to fire home from close range at the second attempt.

Sammon sealed a priceless three points in the 60th minute after Arnason had forced his way forward allowing Sammon to drill into the bottom corner.

Rotherham’s stand-in skipper Lee Frecklington, booked in the first half for a foul on Joel Lynch, was sent off for bringing down Conor Coady with 16 minutes left.

Evans was disappointed with the red card but said: “Because it’s two yellows we can’t appeal.

“For the second one the referee got sucked in but I am not blaming the referee.”

Evans praised Arnason who was switched from defence to midfield after injuries to Paul Green and Danny Ward.

“Kari was very effective,” he said. “He got the first goal and had a big hand in the second and he showed great pace and power running at the Huddersfield back three.

“It was a big return from a good player and there’s a temptation to keep him there.”

Huddersfield boss Chris Powell saw his side slump to a third defeat in a week and admitted: “It was a bad end to a poor week for us.

“We just did not perform and that wasn’t great for us. It’s three poor defeats and we were not there from minute one. We couldn’t match Rotherham’s approach and drive.

“We have 10 games left and we must dig deep and try to pick up as many points as possible. We know we are capable of doing that.

“A couple of weeks ago we moved into the top half of the table and maybe that gave us a false sense of security.

“As a manager I have to lead from the front. We know we must perform much better than that.”

Powell said the “small crumb of comfort” was the first half performance of striker Joe Lolley making his first home start.

Powell added: “It was a very positive performance. He’s come from college and university football and his rise has been very rapid.

“We need to get him up to speed but he is certainly a talent.”