ROTHERHAM United’s exit from the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this week could have even more significance for some of those players involved.
Manager Steve Evans made six changes to the side which romped home 4-0 against Bradford City last Saturday and was understood to be extremely disappointed at Tuesday’s 1-0 first round exit to York City.
His assistant Paul Raynor warned that “players will fall by the wayside” if they fail to produce when given the opportunity.
“We had players given an opportunity and they have not grasped it,” said Raynor. “To be honest, some let themselves down.
“If people aren’t up to it then we’ll do something about it. The fans deserve better and we need to be better than that.”
It was Rotherham’s first defeat at the New York Stadium and Raynor said whilst it was always disappointing to lose, they had wanted to remain unbeaten in the new ground for much longer than they have.
“We knew York would make it difficult, putting men behind the ball, looking to hit on the break,” added Raynor.
“We got in some good positions but our crossing was dreadful and we needed to deliver with better quality.
“But we won’t rest on our laurels after previous results and performances. We’ve to work on it to get better or bring someone in to do it better.”
They are at Port Vale on Saturday and again will be without Kari Arnason who is away with Iceland for their 2014 World Cup qualifiers.