Neil Redfearn says his Rotherham team wanted the win over Leeds United more.
Neil Redfearn picked a perfect moment for Rotherham to earn their first win under his management, as they beat rivals Leeds United at the weekend.
The victory at Elland Road marked a triumphant comeback for Redfearn against the team he was coaching last season.
Speaking to Radio Yorkshire after the game he offered a simple theory on why he felt Leeds fell short and Rotherham won.
He said: "The signs are good, a real battling performance, I felt today we wanted it more than Leeds."
Rotherham won 1-0 through a second half goal from Joe Newell, with Leeds' two-game winning streak coming to an end.
Redfearn's comments should cause Steve Evans reason to take another look at his Leeds players.
In front of their home fans, Leeds should not be outdone by a lack of desire no matter the circumstances.
Evans needs to assess whether the club have the right players in the first place, or if he selected the best available XI.
The game was a scrappy affair, with a player sent off on each team, and just three shots on target from each team.
Leeds are currently in 16th place, one position lower than their finish last season.
The deadline to strike loan deals expires on Thursday, and if Steve Evans is unhappy with his players then he will have to step up his urgency to get one or two new faces into the line-up.