evans praises millers’ heart

Crawley v Rotherham United - SkyBet League 1 - 17th August 2013 - Steve Evans applauds the Crawley fans on his return to the Broadfield Stadium
Crawley v Rotherham United - SkyBet League 1 - 17th August 2013 - Steve Evans applauds the Crawley fans on his return to the Broadfield Stadium

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has praised his side’s character ahead of this weekend’s trip to Walsall’s Bescot Stadium.

The Millers remained in the League One play-off places after sealing a last-gasp 3-2 victory over Oldham on Saturday, and travel south to Walsall looking to maintain their unbeaten start to their league campaign.

The Millers have also recorded impressive wins over both Sheffield clubs, and Evans said: “This group of players will always go to the end and give everything they have.

“Everyone at Rotherham United is pulling that rope in the same direction, there is incredible unity and I am proud of that.

“I know for a fact that not every dressing room has it, but we do.”

Evans, who has agreed a deal in principle to sign a striker on loan from a Championship club, watched Walsall against Wolves last night and is anticipating a tough encounter against Dean Smith’s charges.

“Dean Smith, their manager, was once a room mate of Paul Raynor’s and I know they remain very good friends,” Evans said.

“Dean has done a superb job and I know now we are in for a difficult afternoon - they have made a great start to the season.

“They have a number of excellent players and, with the likes of Craig Westcarr, they will always score goals.

“They will be backed by a loud and passionate support, the Bescot is a great stadium and I love watching football there.”

Evans, who hoped that Craig Morgan would return to training in midweek, has Mark Bradley available for selection again. Claude Davis is a doubt with a hamstring injury.

“Denis Circuit is an outstanding Head of Medical and plays a huge part in what we do,” Evans added.

“I trust him to get the injured players back sooner than any other medical staff.

“He is doing an awesome job, but I know he would prefer to have no injured players!

Evans also took in a behind-closed-doors friendly match on Monday afternoon, to take a look at a number of trialists still training with the club.