Sky Bet Championship: Wolves win leaves Steve Evans excited over Rotherham
Last Updated: 18/08/14 10:13am
Rotherham manager Steve Evans is challenging winger Ryan Hall to keep up the good work after he hit the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Wolves.
Hall came off the bench to score an unusual but decisive goal on 75 minutes.
Ben Pringle's corner picked out Rotherham captain Craig Morgan and after his header was palmed out by Carl Ikeme, Hall got in the way of a clearance to divert the ball in.
Hall was injured in the aftermath and had to be replaced - but Evans says his player is not injured and is pleased with how he is fitting in so far.
"Ryan will be fine. He's a terrific talent and if you get him solely focused on his football then he's got a sweet left peg and he can see passes," said Evans.
"He's got a real hunger and desire to make a point here and we're delighted to get him here. I hope he enjoys his evening in a moderate way because we're training again tomorrow.
"I thought he showed a great desire and he gets the luck that comes with that and the goal. We are fortunate that the ball rolls into the net.
"I think today we've not been right in the first half, we've had to change little bits at half-time and have a little bit more desire to win a football match and we've displayed that in the second half.
"The goal came from Ryan showing that type of desire and we have got a great win."
The goal gifted Rotherham their first Sky Bet Championship points of the season and new signing Paul Taylor had earlier hit the bar.
Wolves had good possession in the game but manager Kenny Jackett is calling on his side to be more incisive when in good positions.
He said: "We had good control of the game right the way through the first half and had a lot of chances we didn't take.
"Several fouls by Rotherham gave us very good positions around the box. Then we have to be working their goalkeeper and putting more disguise on it - and be clever and have more variation.
"A couple were floated in too much and it made it very easy for their keeper to come and collect it.
"Rotherham are a big side and they defended their box very well. We really had to do better with our set-pieces.
"Ultimately then we have been undone by one ourselves and it was a free header for Morgan. There was a degree of bad luck but we still have lost 1-0 to a set-piece.
"After that we have to realise where we need to improve. We're frustrated with the result but we feel we have a lot to build on and a lot to be optimistic about."