Steve Evans talks to www.themillers.co.uk...Steve Evans this morning reflected on yesterday's match with Dagenham, answered a number of questions and spoke of Tuesday night's difficult match away at Wycombe Wanderers.
As always let me start by asking for your thoughts on yesterday's match with Dagenham & Redbridge?
As a manager there will not be many games you lose and you believe your teams performance has been fantastic throughout the match, this was one of those matches. We are in football and not in the sport of boxing but had we been the contest would have been stopped in the first-half as we battered the Dagenham goal non-stop. The quality of our play was outstanding, our energy levels were fantastic and if we can play like that for the last 10 matches of the season I will take what comes at the end of it.
Goals are what win matches though and it has to be said we gave our opposition two goals. Kari Arnason should defend better for the first goal although even after watching the match DVD several times including freeze frame I cannot come to a conclusion whether the match referee was correct to give a penalty, and in turn send our lad off. The second goal is poor defending from Alex Revell and the big man knows that, it was a shame as I thought once again he was outstanding for us.
Everyone was bitterly disappointed afterwards and rightfully so but we will bounce back, don't get down, get up and fight is what we must do. I felt for my players, my staff, the Chairman and our supporters yesterday with the result but everyone knows we should have won the match. My team played better yesterday than we did at Oxford United last Tuesday night, that is how good I thought our performance was and demonstrates how strange this football world is.
We have the right to be disappointed with some of the big decisions that has gone against us this season, and yesterday that continued but we must rise above this and concentrate on affecting each match as positively as we can.
Some need to now believe that no-one except ourselves is going to do us any favours, we need to put yesterday behind us and get ready for Tuesday night.
We travel to Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday without Kari Arnason due to suspension, how is the rest of the squad looking?
Thankfully all the lads have come through yesterday and will travel. Obviously losing Kari is a loss but we have lads such as Johnny Mullins and Craig Morgan who will fill that gap with quality.
Young Danny Kearns is fit again so he will be back involved so we will travel south with a very strong squad, he will be like a new signing, he was on fire prior to his injury.
It was said last week you hoped to announce two new signings in time for the trip to Wycombe, have you made any progress?
I am expecting a telephone call this evening and hopefully that is from a Championship manager regarding two players. As of now I believe there is a good chance something could happen but you learn in this game not to think any player has joined you until all the formalities have been completed. The two players would add something to what we have for sure, we will know much more in the morning.
What can you tell us about Tuesday night's opponents, Wycombe Wanderers?
Their form and results over the last two or three months has been impressive and it will be a very tough match.
I watched them win at the league leaders Gillingham and they did so very easily indeed. Gareth Ainsworth is an ex-teammate and good friend of Paul Raynor's, they shared a room as players on many occasion.
Gareth has developed a very useful team, they will play with a real purpose and I really do see them as dangerous opponents.
If my lads can play as well as we did in our last three matches I will take what comes with the result. We are going into the last 10 matches of the season with players in good form, that is what you need because players win football matches, others just play a part. I said before we went to Southend that I would settle for the same place in the League Two table we had then after the next five league matches with four of them being away from home, nothing has changed that view. We need a positive result on Tuesday and again on Saturday, if that happens I really do believe we can all start to think we can achieve our objectives for the season. A similar points return this week to what we got from Southend and Oxford would be great but it is a tall ask
Tuesday night contains a lot of interesting matches in League Two and so does next Saturday. This really is a key time in the season and plenty of quality teams are fighting for the same prize, but it will be those teams that can stick together that ultimately get the prize we all want.
Winning promotion is like winning a marathon; it takes endurance, ability, skill, desire and passion plus the most important factor, being in good form at the end of the race. My players have all these ingredients and that is why I am looking forward to every match we play.