The Millers ensured they recorded maximum points in South Yorkshire to put more daylight between them and the drop zone thanks to Matt Derbyshire’s solitary first half strike.
Speaking in the wake of the victory over the Seagulls, Evans stated that it was a special afternoon at AESSEAL New York Stadium:
“I picked a team that I thought would be full of energy after Friday and Saturday and we’ve got it right today,” he beamed.
“You get it right when you win of course but we got it right because all bar a nervy few minutes I thought we dominated.”
An electric atmosphere in a sun-soaked Rotherham helped the hosts see out the game having taken a first half lead when Derbyshire turned home Jordan Bowery’s cross from the right:
“I think one of my staff described it by saying that it was like a play-off game today. This is like the first leg of the play-offs against Preston last year when our fans are really hoping for a result but aren’t sure we’re going to get one because we’ve let them down a couple of times in recent weeks.
“Our fans have been sublime. The atmosphere in the second half at Birmingham almost gave me goosebumps and I’ve had some special days like that here and it did it today. I said to my staff, ‘we’ve got to hang on here today for the fans, just listen to them."