Evans: Millers are getting stronger

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Steve Evans sees Rotherham going from strength to strength

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Steve Evans sees Rotherham going from strength to strength

Rotherham boss Steve Evans reckons his side will only get stronger after they moved to the verge of the automatic promotion spots with a 2-1 win at Accrington - their second away victory in four days.

Daniel Nardiello scored both goals to seal a vital three points for the Millers.

"We have had injuries but players will be coming back over the next three or four weeks and then we will have a great squad going into the second half of the season," Evans said. "I am happy with the second-half showing. I thought in the first half we stood off them a bit and showed them a bit too much respect.

"It was an appalling start as we conceded within two minutes but we came back straight away and in the second half we stepped it up. That's six points in two away games but sometimes you can win by three or four goals and relax but when it's the odd one it's harder."

Nardiello's second three minutes after the restart saw him fire in a cross to the near post which sneaked in, with Stanley boss Leam Richardson claiming it took a deflection off Michael Liddle's chest. Nardiello was having none of it.

"Nardiello went on a great run and it was a piece of magic for the second goal," said Evans.

"It may have taken a richochet but he is claiming it. He has been fantastic. We hadn't been working hard enough and we needed to work harder, but in the last three weeks the players have and Nardiello has been excellent, as have other players."

Stanley could have moved towards the top seven with a win but instead remain in mid-table. Richardson rested striker James Beattie for the clash.

"We lacked a spark and sometimes you've got to hold your hands up and say you weren't good enough," said Richardson. "Things didn't come off for us and we didn't create a lot but they didn't either. Two mistakes proved costly.

"The lads are disappointed they haven't won which shows how far we have come as a club and all we can do now is look forward to the FA Cup on Saturday against Oxford which is a massive game for the club."

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