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Gaffer on a Sunday

15 December 2013

Steve Evans talks to www.themillers.co.uk...

Steve Evans was at his desk this morning to start the preparations for next Saturday's home match with Sky Bet League One leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers but first we reviewed yesterday's victory over Bristol City.

You’ve had chance to review the Bristol City game. Your view on the game this Sunday afternoon?

First let me thank each and every one of our supporters who travelled to Bristol and gave the team some superb vocal backing on a day which was very cold, very wet and very windy but most of all we Millers all finished the day very happy.

I have now watched the full match on DVD and if anyone is in any doubt as to how good our first half performance was they should get themselves a copy and watch it. We completely dominated the half and in reality we should have put the game to bed in that period but I must give credit to the City goalkeeper and back four who withstood an onslaught.

The second half was always going to be difficult, a 2-0 margin is one of the most difficult, do you attack to get the third or make the opposition break you down. The wind and driving rain really got up in that second half and to be fair to City they had a real go but it was us who missed an easy chance to go three up and had we taken it there really could have been any number thereafter, but we missed and City got themselves a very fortunate goal in which the elements played a big part.

Adam Collin then made a great save with 30 seconds of the added time remaining, he was excellent all afternoon. Everyone was delighted for Adam, he helped us take all the points home, anything less would really have been so unfair.

We had a number of excellent individual performances, Ben Pringle, Claude Davis, Kari Arnason, James Tavernier and if there was a better player than Lee Frecklington on the pitch over 90 minutes then I'm sorry but I failed to see him.

This squad of players are a terrific group, they have high standards and they know when we drop them the consequences are that we don’t enjoy the next day or two thereafter. Make no mistake yesterday was an excellent win, deserved but I'm thoroughly delighted with the character we have in the group. 

Our only focus now is our match with Wolves next Saturday and we all know just how tough that is going to be.

Can you update us on the injury front?

The good news from yesterday us that we have come through unscathed and hopefully we will have a couple of the injured lads back with us. Our Head of Medical Denis Circuit is a very thorough man and as always I have been given a full debrief and I am happy to share that with you but the picture is looking a lot better.

Michael O Connor - The lad will return to full training tomorrow and play in a closed door match in the week. We miss this talented lad; hopefully he will be available for a return on Saturday.

Joe Skarz – He will train fully by midweek and should be fit for selection, another big player for us who has enjoyed a good season so far.

Rob Milsom - Hopefully the lad will train this week, we have targeted Thursday, he could also be in contention, he is a very fit lad.

Pablo Mills - He will train tomorrow, he is now fit to return.

David Worrall - Again he will train tomorrow and play in a closed door game in the week, he is nearing a return.

What have you got planned in the week ahead?

It is a busy week, training, closed door match and a few matches I plan to watch as I go about planning our recruitment for January. 

I also have a meeting with the Chairman this week to specifically go through my detailed plans and I look forward to that as he really is so supportive. You do not need your Boss to ring you on a Sunday when you have won the day before, you need them to ring you when it has not gone well, Tony Stewart last week was magnificent as he was this morning, he is as consistent as any manager could wish for.

I also need to make sure I go and pay for some extra tickets for our matches with Wolves and Coventry as both I'm told will be sold out, don't be disappointed and make sure you get your tickets everyone.

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