a Posh test for Evans’ Millers

Walsall v Rotherham United - SkyBet League 1 - 21st September 2013 - Ben Pringle goes close as he fires in a first-half shot on goal

Walsall v Rotherham United - SkyBet League 1 - 21st September 2013 - Ben Pringle goes close as he fires in a first-half shot on goal

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Steve Evans reckons Rotherham United are in for their toughest test on the season on Saturday against ‘champions-elect’ Peterborough.

The Millers manager, who remains a close friend of Posh Director of Football Barry Fry, is convinced that Saturday’s opponents will finish the League One season as champions and said: “That tells you how tough I think this match will be.

“It will certainly be our hardest match to date this season but equally it is one we should all look forward to.

“Posh have a good manager in Darren Ferguson, a team full of quality players and a Director of Football in Barry Fry, a man I regard as a very good friend.

“A big travelling support will come and get right behind their team.

“Like Millers supporters they love their club and back it with real pride; they are good people.

“We will need a huge Millers support behind us and that really does make the difference.”

Ferguson’s Posh make the trip to the New York Stadium to face a Rotherham side still unbeaten in League One, since their promotion last season.

Peterborough are currently second in the league, three points and three places ahead of Rotherham, and Evans added: “On the pitch we will need a big performance.

“We will need our best of the season for us to get the win we all really want.

“Our energy levels will need to be at the highest level, our ‘regain’ of the ball will need to be high and we need to be making that ball move around with some real purpose.

“This is a big game and we will need some big performances, but these lads are more than capable.

“I believe in them totally.”

Michael O’Connor and Claude Davis will both miss the game with injury, and will be missing for two and three weeks respectively.

Evans is also keen to sign another loan player, after adding Tom Eaves to his squad before the Walsall game.

“League One is very strong and we need to make sure we can compete against the best,” the Millers manager added.

“We are about to be tested.”