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Gaffer on a Sunday

14 April 2013

Steve Evans gives his weekly update...

We caught up with Steve Evans at the Millers training ground this morning and we put a number of questions to him.

Q - To start with Steve, you've had time to reflect, what are your thoughts on yesterday's victory?

First let me say this match was more like a cup tie in the way it was played and both teams deserve enormous credit for that. I do not think we have played against a more physical team this season than we did yesterday but my players stood up to that challenge and in turn played some outstanding football, it really was a joy to watch at times.

We had a number of top class individual performances and we will need that again in the remaining matches we have to play. For me, Alex Revell was unplayable at times yesterday and when you have that presence leading your attacking line-up it really does allow the others a better chance of dominating the match which of course we did.

The match DVD shows we dominated the match and yes it should have been much more comfortable but as I said previously it is all about results at this stage of the season. League Two demonstrated again yesterday that it is very difficult to win matches and any team can beat any other on any given date.

Q - Given the injury to Daniel Nardiello yesterday, can you update us as to the situation with his and the rest of the squad’s injuries?

Let me say now the challenge on 'Nards' as he got off his shot for his goal really is shocking. In fairness to the match referee I did not notice it at the time but when you watch it back on DVD it really should have been a straight red card, the tackle is just scandalous.

We will not know how Nards is until later today so there is no point in me speculating. As for the other players, Mark Bradley will hopefully train tomorrow and we are hopeful that Daniel Kearns will too. Claude Davis is fit and could have played yesterday, that is great news ahead of the remaining matches.  

Q - The focus is now on Tuesday night with a tough match away at Bradford City, what are your thoughts on this?

Every match we play for the remainder of the season will be tough, there are no easy matches in League Two. The integrity of the competition is outstanding and the quality of players playing at this level is the best it ever has been at any time in its history.

Our most important match is always the next one and what comes with that is Bradford City. They are a team who have many outstanding players and to a man in their squad I respect them greatly. We will prepare as we have done for every match this season, it will be nothing short of excellent and no one will have any excuses on that front.

Q - Can we expect any team changes from yesterday for the match at Valley Parade?

I will make that decision in the next 24 hours after I have reviewed Bradford City properly. Last night the preparations started when I watched a DVD of one of their recent home matches, it was interesting.

As always my staff will have an input and I have two more separate DVD's of City that I will watch and then I will begin to pick the starting team plus of course the substitutes who I believe could have a big part to play in this particular match.

Q - Finally I know you want to give a special mention to the Millers support?

Yes thank you, it really is a pertinent question because I really do want to give them their own question.

The Millers support has been outstanding all season but yesterday it was just sensational. The atmosphere was electric all match and as the game itself was being played like a cup tie it really added to the occasion.

It has to be said the noise levels in the second-half yesterday were terrific and I want to thank every one of them who helped play a part in that win yesterday. On occasions this season we have let them down but we all want to win every match for them. Those supporters make Rotherham United the great football club it is and I can tell them how appreciated they are, thank you.  

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