STEVE EVANS says that Kieran Agard’s League One player-of -the month accolade is overdue reward – both for the player and the upwardly-mobile Millers.
The Londoner, who has plundered 25 goals in an outstanding 2013-14 campaign, picked up the gong for April, a month which saw him hit five goals, including the ‘perfect’ hat-trick, scoring with both his left and right foot and heading home in the 6-4 defeat at Wolves.
It helped make up for the young forward missing out on being named in the League One Team of the Year, which contained just one Millers player, Ben Pringle, with others such as Craig Morgan, Kari Arnason and Lee Frecklington missing out.
Agard’s future will be addressed following the end of the season, with the club having an option on his deal.
Contract extensions regarding several other players will also be among the topics for discussion once the campaign finishes.
Evans, whose side finish the regular season at the Robins today, said: “He should have probably won it in another month before now. But, as a club, players and staff, we don’t tend to get recognition from many outsiders in the game.
“But justice has been done and Kieran has been successful.”
On the reasons why he feels the Millers have not claimed their just desserts from their peers, the Scot added: “It’s jealousy. Having come up from League Two, people don’t want us upsetting the applecart, in terms of the established clubs in League One or the other big names in the division.
“But we distance ourselves from that.
“We prove a point in our performances and with our points tally and where we are going to finish in League One come five o’clock on Saturday night.
“As I have always said, league tables don’t lie.”
The Millers could still play any one of three potential play-off opponents – Preston, Leyton Orient and Peterborough United – with a third or fourth-placed finish guaranteeing them a home tie in the second leg of the semi-finals, which start next week.