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RUFC - Evans 'buzzin'' to be back

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Rotherham United winger, Gareth Evans played in his first forty-five minutes for the Millers on Saturday since January and says he was 'buzzing'.

Speaking to MillersPlayer after getting the penalty which Lewis Grabban got the Millers winner from, the twenty-three year old said, 'To get forty-five minutes under my belt after three months out was really enjoyable.

'It's been ridiculously hard over the last few months. The worst thing about being a footballer is being injured. I'm not here to sit around on the bench or on the medical table, I've come here to play football and to have three months of just being injured is the worst thing in the world and I don't wish it on any player. It began with my ankle when I was tackled at Bradford, and I came back for the Swindon game and I wasn't right and it went to my thigh then to my back and then my thigh again. I'm just glad I'm back now and hopefully I'll stay fit and won't have to go through that again. With the type of player I am, running with the ball, I need to be able to run at full pace and if I can't do that then there's not a lot of point in me playing so it took a while until I got to the stage where I felt I was going to cause defences problems but I'm at that point now and I'm raring to start a game.

'The fitness coach has been good with me and done all the running under the sun with me but nothing quite prepares you for playing football and I feel a bit knackered after that forty-five minutes but I'm ready to go on Tuesday if the gaffer picks me.'

Speaking about the game on Saturday, Gareth said, ''The first fifteen or twenty minutes I thought we created chances and got plenty of balls in they box but then Plymouth became aware of how to stop that for the last twenty minutes of the first half and it became a bit of a dead game. The gaffer wanted to put me on and I'd like to think I made an impact.

'It was just a different option putting me on. Schoey (Danny Schofield) will get the ball and thread passes where I'm more getting my head down and running at players and getting the ball in. It's just a different way of playing and credit to the gaffer for putting me on and the all the staff who have managed to get me back fit.'

Asked about the penalty, Gareth said, 'I thought I was through, but, if I'm honest it was a bit of a bad touch. But, once I'd got to the ball I went to take a touch and the centre-half has taken me out. It was a stonewall penalty and it's just as well Grabs put it away and got us three points.

'It was a deserved three points. We created a lot more than they did in the second half and I thought we were well on top and never felt at any point of the game that we were going to concede a goal.

'There's a lot of games still to play and we are five points away so I think we are definitely in with a shout of the play-offs especially if we keep creating chances like we did today.'


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Date:Monday March 12 2012

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