Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans urges Millers to keep cool in Millwall clash

Steve Evans. Picture: Paul Wickson
Steve Evans. Picture: Paul Wickson

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has called for calm heads as the Championship relegation battle reaches fever pitch this afternoon.

The 21st-placed Millers host Millwall, who occupy the third and final relegation spot, at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

A win would see Steve Evans’ men stretch the gap between them and Ian Holloway’s side to six points, with many Lions fans believing their team are all but down if they lose.

“We need to keep our heads very focused, with no panicking or doing anything that’s rash,” said Evans.

“We have to make sure we’re in the game and competitive.”

New York is close to a home sell-out, and the Rotherham boss wants to see an end to the unexpected mistakes which have blighted his side in defeats at Wolves and Watford.

“We’ve got some very talented players. Together, when we’re at it, we’re quite formidable,” he said. “If we can cut out the individual errors we can give ourselves the chance to win football matches.

At Vicarage Road on Tuesday, centre-half Kari Arnason slipped to gift the Hornets the opener and poor handling from goalkeeper Adam Collins cost the Millers two more goals.

“It’s been bad individual errors,” Evans added.

“You can’t legislate as a manager and as a coaching staff for the mistakes made by Kari and Adam at Watford. They were errors those guys don’t normally make.”

The Millers manager believes half a dozen other teams are in the relegation mix, claiming Fulham, Bolton, Brighton, Birmingham, Charlton and Reading aren’t safe.

Wigan and Blackpool occupy the bottom two places.

“I think people are getting preoccuped that it’s us and Millwall. I don’t think it is,” he said. “I look five or six teams above us and I think they’re very much in it like we are.

“Arguably anyone from Reading down are part of this fight until they secure the wins needed to make sure they’re not.

This is such a tight divisions. It really is the finest of margins.”

Skipper Craig Morgan says the Millers held a positive meeting after Watford, which brought to an end a five-match spell which was their toughest run of the season and yielded four points.

“We’ve had a good clear-out chat. We’ve had a shout and a rave and then we’ve had a calm chat about things,” he said. “We look forward now. It’s favourable when you look at the run of games coming up compared to what we’ve just had.”

Morgan is out of contract at the end of the season but will have to wait to discover if he will be offered a new deal.

“Craig was told among with two or three others that there would be no conversations until we know what division we’re in next season,” said Evans. “The chairman quite rightly - and I do - wants all our focus to be out on the pitch and not what’s happening behind the scenes.

“If we can’t come to a deal with Craig Morgan in the summer, there will be a host of football clubs out there because he’s a top-class player.”