Cup woes are quickly forgotten as Evans returns to his main priority

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Rotherham United boss Steve Evans will be glad to see the back of this week after suffering exits in two knock-out competitions.

First, Rochdale stunned the Millers by winning their FA Cup second-round tie at the New York Stadium, before a midweek defeat to Fleetwood Town denied Evans the chance to take another step closer to Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

So Evans is happy to return his focus to United’s main priority this season, completing back-to-back promotions and reaching the Championship.

The sixth-placed Millers head to strugglers Bristol City, the first game in a daunting run of fixtures this month. “We lost on Tuesday night, we take it on the chin and we now move on and focus on what was always the No 1 objective which is League One,” Evans said.

“That doesn’t take away the hurt from the defeat but we know that our priority is to be as near as we can be to the top of League One.

“Considering that today we sit in sixth position before we visit Bristol City, almost a year ago we were outside the play-offs in League Two.

“We are sixth but we are still frustrated with the season so far.

“It is now about focus, paying attention to detail and getting through what is a really tough month. The games coming up are huge.

“Bristol City on Saturday, there will be 15,000 there to watch Steve Cotterill’s first game, he is a man I know, respect and like immensely and it will be good to catch up, but we are there to get some points.

“Of course we then have Wolves, who in my opinion will be the Champions at the end of the season, and then we have Bradford, Port Vale and a home game with Coventry, tough games but this is why we are in League One.”

Midfielder Ben Pringle is hoping to maintain his impressive goalscoring record. Last season he bagged nine, and he already has four this term.

“Obviously it is not my job to score goals but after being top goalscoring midfielder last season, it’s what people look at,” he said.

“If I am creating or scoring, whichever one I don’t really mind.”