Millers determined to right wrongs of Vale loss

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ROTHERHAM United manager Steve Evans says his players are determined to put the memory of a week ago behind them when they face Torquay United at the New York Stadium this afternoon.

But he warned to expect a tough game from a Torquay side who have been one of the division’s leading sides in the past two seasons.

“We talked about people hurting after the Port Vale result (6-2 defeat) - and they were,” said Evans. “But there was a determination to put it right next time out and that is the sort of mindset we needed this week.

“This group has fantastic ability and it’s about having the heart and the desire to repeatedly turn it on.

“I always said we had a real hard set of games in the first dozen we’ve been handed and I’ve not changed my mind.

“We are playing a side this weekend who have a good manager, have enjoyed a couple of good seasons and have some good players.

“The big lad, (Rene) Howe, does well up front and he gets good support from lads like Lee Mansell, a top player, and young (Billy) Bodin, another top player.

“They’re organised and they have sort of sneaked under the radar in the past couple of seasons but have been up there.

“They’ve had the same sort of start as us because they’re on seven points with us. So is that a good start or a bad one or average? And does whatever it is, apply to us both?

“We’re all only just under way and let’s see where things are by the time we hit the end of September when we all might get a clearer picture.”

Torquay were extremely impressive in their 1-0 win at Don Valley last March but have lost a couple of key players from that side.

With five games to play last season, they were lying second and had a five-point advantage over the team in third, Crawley. However, the Gulls missed out and, for a second season running, failed in the play-offs as well.

In their two away games this season, Torquay have drawn both, 0-0 and 1-1.