Rotherham United: Millers face ‘proper’ test against Wigan Athletic

Steve Evans
Steve Evans

Rotherham United must hit top form to win today’s survival showdown against Wigan Athletic, says boss Steve Evans.

The Latics arrive at AESSEAL New York Stadium occupying the third and final relegation spot in the Championship and a victory for Evans’ 20th-placed men would see the Millers open up a 12-point gap on the visitors.

Wigan were a top-flight side last season, and Evans warned: “This is a proper team were are playing.

“We can beat them. But we have to be at our best.

“They came down with substantial sums.

“They’ve got a number of players who will play tomorrow who are Premier League players and no doubt in the summer one or two of them may end up back in the Premiership.”

Malky Mackay’s side have won their last three away matches, at Reading, Blackpool and Norwich, but their poor home form - no wins at the DW Stadium since August- has been the root of their problems.

Evans says, win, lose of draw, nothing will be decided tomorrow.

“I don’t subscribe to ‘last-chance saloons’,” he said.

“Last-chance saloon to me is that if Wigan were to lose they would be down. That’s not the case. I saw them live at Norwich and know how good they can be.

“They dominated Norwich for 15 minutes, got the goal and could have had a second and a third. Wigan controlled it.”

Wigan striker James McClean conceded: “I know we have 10 games left but, being realistic, this is win or bust for us. If we don’t win, Rotherham either keep the same gap or open up an even bigger one over us.

“If we’re going to survive - and no disrespect to Rotherham - these are the games we should be winning. You have to beat teams around you.

“Our away form in the last few weeks has given us a glimmer of a chance, and we need to keep that going at Rotherham to keep them down there with us.”

“We’ve got 10 games left, 10 cup finals, and Saturday is even bigger because there’s going to be a six-point swing either way.”