Keep your head

Millers boss, Steve Evans
Millers boss, Steve Evans

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans believes that his backroom team must try to manage the expectation levels around the New York Stadium.

Before Tuesday evening’s game at home to York City, the Millers had registered three victories in a week against Torquay, Chesterfield and Bristol Rovers, which kept them right amongst the candidates for promotion to League One.

Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Southend, however, Evans spoke of the importance of managing the levels of expectation amongst the New York Stadium crowd.

“There’s going to be suicide one day after a bad result or a bad performance, and then utopia if we win and play well the next game,” the Millers boss said.

“As a management team and as players, we have to get on top of that and literally take each game as it comes.”

Evans’ charges were given last weekend off, due to Bradford City’s Capital One Cup final commitments at Wembley.

Evans instead travelled to watch Tuesday’s opponents, York - but admitted that the break had done his players the world of good.

“It was important to have that weekend off,” he said.

“Obviously the players would rather play games than train, but we’ve had two massive trips to Torquay and Bristol within a week.

“We took maximum points, which is what it’s all about, but the boys look fresh and ready.

“We know what we have to do.”

Evans, meanwhile, can’t wait for the return of defender Craig Morgan - who he believed was the “best defender outside the Championship” before suffering his injury.

“Craig is close,” Evans said.

“He has trained well lately, but it’ll probably take him two or three games to get there fully.

“But he’s such a good professional - he’s been jumping into tackles in training, so there are good signs.

“I’ve never seen a player work as hard while injured, than Craig has. Before he got injured, I believe he was the best defender outside the Championship.

“Keiran Agard has stepped up to the mantle well in Craig’s absence, but getting him back will be like a new signing.

“It’s really important for us to get him back as soon as possible.”