many have hailed Rotherham United’s display on Tuesday as the best all-round performance of the season - and the best for some time.
But Millers manager Steve Evans, whilst overjoyed, reckons he has seen better this season and says they are not yet where he wants them to be.
Evans was in no way wanting to put a dampener on a performance that destroyed Notts County and brought nothing but admiration from all those inside Meadow Lane. He acknowledged the excellence of the 90 minutes.
“I actually think we were better against Gillingham and lost although I acknowledge anyone who thinks this was better in a different way,” said Evans.
“I’ve said to the players that if you don’t deliver effort, passion and commitment then you’ll not get the chance to unleash your ability.
“I think we have the best players at our level but you need to get the effort, the commitment and get your best players on the pitch.
“I think we are getting quite near as to how I want us to be. We’re not there yet but we will be in January.
“People did write us off after the first game with Notts but I knew we were still in there with a good chance.
“The players turned up alright; they were real men and had real energy levels. If they work as hard as that then it’s not a surprise when the ability comes out.
“I believe we have more ability than most teams were play.”
The 3-0 win was Rotherham’s fourth successive away win. They haven’t equalled or topped that since early 2009, under Mark Robins, when they won five successive away games.
Rotherham haven’t won an AWAY FA Cup replay since winning 3-0 at Burnley in a first round replay in 1997 - the first time the club appeared in a live Sky game.
That was also the last time they won an away FA Cup tie at a club in a division higher, Burnley then being in League One.
“The FA Cup is a magical competition,” said Evans who has been to the fifth round with Crawley in the past two seasons. “I hoped we might have a run in it this time for the players, the chairman, the fans,” he added whilst warning that next opponents Aldershot were a far better side than the one Rotherham beat in the league there in October.