ROTHERHAM United manager Steve Evans says his team answered some questions in the Capital One Cup tie at Hull City and, above all, showed they have the desire to win games.
“We ask for effort, passion, commitment and we know we have ability and flair but we say ‘have you got the desire’ - well, they showed that on Saturday,” said Evans.
“We want players, a team, with a desire to go out and win football matches and in the 120th minute, we’ve got men forward and we’re still trying to win.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t because those boys deserved to and I felt for them.
“We took a good Championship side to penalties and any neutral walking into that game would have thought we were the Championship team.
“The goal we conceded was unfortunate with the rebounds but it came after we’d been in a good attacking position so that was disappointing.
“But when you encourage players to get into the final third, into positive positions and display their ability, then that can happen.”
Evans had a word too for the fans.
“We ask the players for passion and commitment and I think our fans showed that, they were tremendous both in numbers and in their backing” he said. “I hope they enjoyed what they saw if not the eventual outcome.”
Evans lost left back Laurie Wilson after only 12 minutes when he took a blow to his foot just a couple of minutes into the game.
“It’s his ankle and we’ll see how he is in the next 24 hours,” said Evans.
The club have called off the planned public open training session due for tomorrow at the New York Stadium. Work at the ground is continuing and the club were advised not to go ahead with it. They intend having it on another occasion.
Rotherham say tickets are going very well for the first game on Saturday at home to Burton Albion and are guaranteed their best first game attendance since at least 2003 when it was just over 8,000.