ROTHERHAM UNITED: Steve Evans says fans are spreading the word on new ground

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NEWS about the New York Stadium is spreading fast and Rotherham United manager Steve Evans says there is no better medium than the fans themselves.

“The feedback after just two games at the new ground has been fantastic,” said Evans.

“People have been impressed and have liked the overall experience and it is obvious that the fans are talking about it, spreading the word.

“We have had a lot of positive publicity about it all but there is nothing better than word of mouth and our fans and those who have experienced it so far have been telling their mates and work colleagues and anybody else about it.

“What we hope will happen, and it usually does, is that those people will come and experience it for themselves.”

Evans himself has been undertaking lots of engagements with fans - after last Saturday’s first game at the ground he went straight off to a local pub for a local Sunday league team’s presentation night. He is also meeting fans in Maltby tonight.

But Evans acknowledged that the stadium needs to be complemented by a team on the pitch and the fact they have had two victories in the opening two games albeit friendlies, and played some impressive stuff, has been important.

However, Evans insisted he wasn’t getting carried away by any results and said that for the first hour on Tuesday against Doncaster, they hadn’t been at the tempo of the Barnsley game the previous Saturday.

“We needed to lift that tempo and a lot of things weren’t quite happening but we’re still getting there,” said Evans.

Gareth Evans and David Noble were not in the squad on Tuesday whilst Daniel Nardiello was a late inclusion and Evans said there had been a virus in the camp.

Tickets for Saturdays game with Hearts (2pm) will be available at Mangham House to 11am on Saturday and for next Tuesday’s Sheffield United game until 6pm on the day.