Date: 18th April 2012 at 8:48am
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Rotherham United Manager, Steve Evans was delighted with the quality of the performance of the reserves on Monday afternoon as they beat Gateshead three-nil at Parkgate.

Steve, who shook hands with all the watching fans and also had a word with many, told MillersPlayer, ‘It`s certainly given us some thought for Saturday.

‘It`s important that between now and the 5th May we try and win some points, score some goals and finish the season on a high and take advantage if other should slip up. It`s also important that we look at each and every member of the squad because we`ve got some big decisions to make in about two weeks time.

‘We accept that the opposition wasn`t the strongest and that reserve games are always played differently to first team games but there are some lads who have done themselves justice and I`m sure there are some players who went in the dressing room after the game who thought ‘well, I`ve shown the gaffer and Paul Raynor what I can do.

‘As long as it`s mathematically possible for us to get in the play-offs then we are going to give it everything we`ve got and be as strong as it can be. But, when it goes beyond that, I think the supporters will want Steve Evans to give the other lads an opportunity. For instance, what about Andy Warrington? Does he go forward with us? And there`s Mark Bradley and a whole host of players that are out of contract that we need to make decisions on. And we need to make those decisions knowing with a hundred per cent in our heads and our hearts that we`ve made them for the benefit of this football club.`

Asked about the younger players, Evans said that Paul Raynor and Darren Sarll would be talking together but said, ‘I don`t think anyone could fail to be impressed with Mitch Rose, he`s box-to-box and with his effort, his commitment, his passing he looks a few years older than he actually is and, all being well, he`ll go forward with us. And it`s that type of player we want to almost be the little nail in the haystack if you like that goes in and unsettles a few feathers and forces himself into the squad and the team. And, all being well, who knows, towards the last game he might find himself involved.`




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