Rotherham United: Steve Evans cool as Millers players given video tuition

Steve Evans
Steve Evans

Boss Steve Evans kept his calm after Rotherham United’s worst opening-day home defeat for 21 years.

There was no dressing-room ear-bashing as the Millers manager addressed his squad after the 4-1 loss to MK Dons and then concentrated on video analysis of the game.

Grant Ward in action against MK Dons

Grant Ward in action against MK Dons

“There’s been no shouting and bawling in the dressing room, there’s been none of that,” he revealed.

“There’s been a lesson learned today that in both boxes we weren’t good enough.

“I wasn’t in with the players for long. I’ve been in my office analysing the goals.

“We said to them that you can’t defend like that and win football matches. You can’t be expected to score four goals or concede three goals in the first half and come back and win the game. “

It was the club’s biggest home defeat to kick off a campaign since Shrewsbury won 4-0 at Millmoor in 1994.

“It’s as disappointing a start as we could get to the new season,” Evans reflected.

“But we’ll be okay. We just have to get back on the training ground, do some more work and go again.”

The Millers squad were called in on Sunday for training and to watch a video of Saturday’s below-par Championship display.

“We have to dissect, really, some of the things that weren’t right,” Evans said,

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“There were some poor performances individually, and it’s our job as a coaching staff to sit down with the players to show them that.

Rotherham are straight back in action at AESSEAL New York Stadium, with tomorrow’s Capital One Cup first-round clash against League Two Cambridge United.

“We’ll look at it with clarity and get ready for Cambridge,” Evans added.

“We believe we’re better than last year.

“Today against MK Dons doesn’t demonstrate that. We need to demonstrate it on Tuesday and next Saturday at Nottingham Forest.”