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We kept believing - Evans

20 April 2013

Millers boss pleased with team spirit...

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans once again praised his players’ spirit and belief as they overcame Plymouth Argyle to put them within touching distance of promotion.

The Millers grabbed all three points in Devon thanks to Kieran Agard’s second-half finish from close range, after a tough game which saw little in the way of goalmouth action, particularly in the first-half.

“It was another hard-fought battle wasn’t it?” Evans said. “We keep saying there’s going to be 46 battles and we’ve come to Plymouth today who have been absolutely terrific from the first minute to the last and if they’ve some intelligence down here they’ll give him a long contract. We dug in, we worked hard, and we stuck to our principles in believing that if we carried on we’d get a goal. In the second-half we missed a couple of chances but then Kieran pops up and gets us a goal. You then have to defend heroically, and what a defensive unit we have.”

Daniel Nardiello returned to the bench but was not fit enough to start for the Millers, and with the scores level and news from elsewhere meaning the Millers needed a win, he was almost introduced; however, with Agard’s goal, his third in three games, Nardiello will get an extra seven days to recover.

“At one stage, with how the results were heading we were going to bring Nardiello on but a few seconds later we got the goal which I was pleased with because Nards wasn’t quite 100% today, and he was desperate to get on but we’ve said it would always take a squad to get us up. For example young Mitch Rose was excellent on Tuesday night and then he doesn’t get on the pitch today,” Evans added.

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