Steve Evans post Oxford United
Rotherham United manager Steve Evans beamed with delight at full-time after his Millers side swept aside Oxford 4-0 at the Kassam Stadium.
All the goals came in the first-half with David Noble, Kari Arnason, Johnny Mullins and Ben Pringle all getting on the scoresheet, to send Evans’ side tantalising close to the automatic promotion positions with games in hand.
“It’s a great night,” said the Millers boss. “It’s a difficult games, and that doesn’t change just because you come here and win 4-0. Goals change games, and I don’t think there was much in the game in the first 15 minutes but we’ve identified their system, and we made changes by putting two players right out wide and taking advantage.”
After a quite first half-hour the Millers really kicked into life, and the final quarter of an hour of the first-half saw all the Millers goals come in clinical fashion. Arnason headed home from a corner, Mullins finished a fine passing move and Pringle poked home after a counter-attack but all after Noble's strike from distance was deflected beyond Oxford 'keeper McCormick.
“They (Oxford) are unfortunate with the first goal as it takes a deflection but I was more pleased with how we stretched the game after that for the other three. They had three at the back and we went wide on the right and wide on the left which left Alex Revell one-on-one with Duberry through the middle. During the second-half we spoke about keeping our shape and all they’ve managed I think is one cross into the box really.”
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