PERSONAL accolades matter little to Gareth Evans.
The striker-turned-winger wants points over individual prizes. Signed in the summer from Bradford City, Evans has arguably been Rotherham United’s top performer in the club’s rollercoaster start to the 2011/12 campaign.
The 23-year-old has made his mark at the Don Valley Stadium, netting four goals in 14 appearances, including a double at Plymouth Argyle.
Evans has caught the eye with a series of impressive performances but he insists his sole priority is to help the Millers achieve their promotion objective.
He told The Star: “I have enjoyed being at Rotherham but I’m not here to get individual or man-of-the-match awards. It is about the team and getting the points on the board. I’m here to work hard, make and score goals.”
Rotherham lock horns with Shrewsbury Town today aiming to halt a run of five successive defeats in all competitions. The Shrews completed the double over the Millers last season and have not lost in the last seven meetings between the two sides but Evans is confident Andy Scott’s men have the quality to figure in the promotion picture.
He said: “We are not too far off the top. We are not here to finish mid-table, we are not here to get in the play-offs, we are here to go up automatically like the gaffer said at the start of the season. Everyone has to do their jobs individually and defensively as a team.
“It is as simple as that. I don’t think anyone individual is to blame. It is just waiting to be clicked into place.
“We have made a lot of signings so it is just a case of waiting for the defence to gel and I’m sure we will stop conceding.
“We have to enjoy training so come Saturdays we are in a fresh frame of mind.”
Evans, whose contract runs out next summer, added: “All the lads know the last few matches have not been good enough. All we can do is keep working hard and hopefully our fortunes will turn. We have to get back to doing the basics right.”