Rotherham United: How Millers match money-bags rivals

Millers boss Steve Evans
Millers boss Steve Evans

Manager Steve Evans has outlined the four qualities he demands from his Rotherham United side as they compete with the big guns of the Championship.

The Millers are the financial minnows of the second tier, but remain out of the drop zone with three matches to go.

Evans believes they have defied the odds by pulling off results against teams with the spending power of Brighton, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County with the following combination: Effort, commitment, passion and desire.

“We have the smallest budget in the Championship by a country distance,” he said. “Brighton have a £30 million training facility and they fly up here for the game. They’re not the only ones. A lot of the Championship teams do.

“We’re at the other end of the scale. It doesn’t stop you having effort, commitment, passion and desire. As long as we maintain that, we have more than enough here to be a Championship club.”

Rotherham are brilliantly run under the leadership of chairman Tony Stewart, but can’t match the resources of clubs with parachute payments or billionaire owners.

“It’s tough for us,” Evans said. “People should be respectful of how tough it is for our group.”

The Millers, facing a Football League charge of fielding an ineligible player which could bring a three-point deduction, are four points above 22nd-placed Millwall and five clear of Wigan Athletic who are 23rd.

All eyes will be on Ewood Park tonight where the Lions take on Blackburn Rovers.

Rotherham are next in action on Saturday when they entertain top-two hopefuls Norwich City, and Evans is relishing the challenge.

“When you get to this level and you have the level of opponent we have on a regular basis, it’s really exciting,” he revealed. “Every game excites us. There’s never a period in the fixture calendar where we look up and say we should win three of those four. That’s the real difference between League One and the Championship.”