CHRIS HUGHTON praised Dale Stephens and Tomer Hemed for their impact in the side following a 2-1 win over Rotherham United.
He said, “I’m really pleased for Dale because his contribution in games has been very good and he’s a super all-round player.
“He can break into the box and he has been getting into some good positions and had some good chances.
“We know the quality he has; he had a difficult time last season after missing half of it through injury and needed to get back into the rhythm of his game.
“He’s had a good pre-season and given us a really good contribution this season.
“Tomer has given a good contribution to the team, which is as important, but he is somebody that is getting goals as well.
“We couldn’t score the goals we needed last year and Lewis Dunk was our top goalscorer; as a centre-half, most if not all of them were from set plays.
“Tomer is someone that we knew about for a while and a player that we felt might have a chance of settling into this division, but you’ve got to provide him with opportunities and at the moment we’re doing that.”
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STEVE EVANS praised the endeavour of his players after a narrow defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last night.
He told themillers.co.uk, “I can’t fault the effort, commitment and passion from the team and every man on the pitch has ran until they’ve dropped.
“In the first half, both teams cancelled each other out really; they get a move down the left-hand side and we make a mistake and they get the goal.
“We changed the shape a little bit and the personnel so we could get on the ball and we did that.
“In the second half we were possibly the better side and it’s hard to say if you’re a Brighton fan or a neutral, but they get a bit fortunate with the second goal because after some good defending from Joe Mattock, it gets a little nick, but then the boy screams it in with a great strike.
“We get a goal back and we probably huffed and puffed in the last third and got an opportunity to put some crosses in the box when we had eight or nine Rotherham shirts in there, but the quality of the final ball wasn’t there.
“At 2-1 we had a lot of the ball and we’d almost pushed five or six up front and I think Chris [Hughton] was really concerned.
“It’s not about top against bottom in this league because everyone says the bottom side can beat the top one at any stage, but we just need to get a win and get up and running.
“We’ll get our players in and freshen it up again for Saturday."