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Gaffer on a Sunday

21 April 2013

Steve Evans gives us his weekly update...

Millers Boss Steve Evans spoke of the dangers of believing automatic promotion has been achieved and talked of the work still to be done. As normal we started by reflecting on yesterday's big win away at Plymouth Argyle.

Q - Gaffer, your thoughts on yesterday's fantastic away win at in-form Plymouth Argyle?

At this stage of the season it is very much about results and in general the lads have once again been magnificent.

The lads have put a lot of effort, both physical and mental, into a really tough run of matches but they have been outstanding.

Yesterday was always going to be difficult, we were facing a team in great form, playing against a big passionate crowd and we have our longest journey of the season which came on the back of a really tough match at Bradford City in midweek.

The lads gave everything they had and although Plymouth had a lot of the ball I cannot recall Scott Shearer having any worries until deep into injury time when we all had to defend with real courage and conviction. If anything we had three great opportunities in the second-half and one just before the interval but courtesy of young Kieran Agard we got the goal that gave us a great win.

Our supporters travelled a long way and did so in big numbers, they were simply brilliant from start to finish. I would also like to mention the Argyle supporters, the atmosphere was friendly but electric throughout. Many of them gave us words of support and ‘good luck’ messages as we left the stadium to make the long trip home. That Green Army is like the Millers support, a special one.

Q - Can you update us on the current injury situation after yesterday?

There is good news and bad news in that area. Taking the latter first, both Lee Frecklington and Michael O'Connor came off injured yesterday, that is real worry but it will be a couple of days before we know if they will be available for next Saturday.

The good news is that Daniel Nardiello and David Noble will be 100% fit after a full week's training. I had both on the bench yesterday but did not really want to involve either unless I needed to and thankfully we managed to let both lads watch from the bench; plus Danny Kearns will also get a full weeks training and should be in contention come next Saturday.

Q - A point at home to Aldershot Town next Saturday will guarantee automatic promotion to League One, what are your thoughts?

Aldershot are a decent team but the reality is they were in all but name relegated to the Football Conference yesterday. They got themselves a great win over Dagenham after a super performance but who would have thought that the six teams around them in the league also got huge victories too; it again demonstrates just how tough League Two is.

There is still a lot of hard work to be done and everyone must stay focused for the end result to be as we want it. Complacency has no place in football and when it appears, it gets punished but our squad seem to be very focused on our objectives.

There will be a full stadium for the Aldershot match, indications are the SOLD OUT signs will be in place within a few days. Our support has just been incredible all season and we will need them right behind us for every minute of the match next Saturday. They have stuck with us and hopefully we can reward them. but I am saying again we have a lot of work to do. 

Q - What is the plan for the week ahead as you prepare for such an important match?

Nothing will change from our normal routine. The lads will work hard and our focus from a coaching point of view is to get the lads prepared, fresh and hungry for a big performance next Saturday.

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