Rotherham United: No panic from boss Evans

Steve Evans remonstrates with Daniel Nardiello
Steve Evans remonstrates with Daniel Nardiello

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans says they will not over-react after the club’s heaviest home defeat since he took charge 18 months ago.

“We will pick ourselves up as we have done before and we’ll get back on the training round and work hard,” said Evans after the 4-0 defeat by Swindon Town.

“We will react but not over-react because I believe in these players and they have character.

“However, I thought one or two went missing in that second half. It was difficult then but you have to be brave and we’re talking about getting on the ball and doing the right things. We chose cheaper options and they land you in trouble.”

He said they were “outstanding” in the first 25 minutes or so.

“We were totally dominant and Swindon were hanging on but it takes more than dominance. If you don’t get yourself in front, then you can get punished,” he added.

Evans was seen to have an altercation with Daniel Nardiello after the player was substituted early in the second half. There was a handshake on the touchline but the pair were then seen to exchange words with Evans facing the dug-out and Nardiello sitting down but appearing to respond.

Evans explained: “I went to freshen things up and Daniel is disappointed when he gets taken off - and I expect players to be disappointed when taken off.

“I told him he lacked a yard; he said he was disappointed at being brought off. He’s told me that before.

“We needed a goal and if I thought Daniel Nardiello was half-right to get us one then he’d have stayed on.”

“People expect a performance when they come here and I think we let them down in the second half.”

Striker Tom Eaves missed out with illness.

In the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, Rotherham travel to Hartlepool in the Northern Area quarter-finals, likely to be onNovember 12.