Millers: ‘Laughing’ Steve tells doubters to carry on

Steve Evans
Steve Evans

Manager Steve Evans has urged Rotherham United’s critics to continue doubting their promotion chances, as it will spur them on towards the end-of-season play-offs.

The Millers, who entertain promotion rivals Peterborough and Brentford on Saturday and Tuesday, extended their unbeaten record to 12 games last weekend with yet another late goal, to snatch a 1-1 draw at home to Walsall.

“There are a few onlookers who have said we won’t make it into the play-offs at the end of the season and that we are not good enough as a team,” Evans said.

“Let them continue to question our chances because it will not take our focus away from the big task in hand.

“At the end of the season the league table won’t lie, and the fight for a place in the top elite group continues.

“Try telling the likes of MK Dons, Port Vale and Walsall that they are out of it with 10 or so matches left... those teams are full of good players with good managers, too.

“But we will fight to the end in every match and leave no stone unturned in preparation. Our supporters head and kick every ball with us and in unity, our success will come.

“Let the doubters continue and as the saying goes, those that laugh last, laugh longest.”

Evans, who predicted that Posh would win the League One title this season, locks horns with Darren Ferguson with his side a place above them in the table.

The gap between the two, however, is eight points - but Evans warned: “They have quality players in every area of the pitch and it will be a tough match for us.

“At the start of the season they were my favourites to be champions given the money they spent on transfer fees and also considering the players they kept from their previous season in the Championship.

“I have seen them on a few occasions recently, and we know the importance of winning the match.

“But they deserve the highest respect from us.

“Our next two matches are Peterborough and Brentford at home on Tuesday.

“Both are great matches and big reasons why we fought so hard last year to win promotion from League Two.

“But make no mistake, we will be keen to win them.”

Evans hopes to have injured trio James Tavernier, Mark Bradley and Wes Thomas available.