Rotherham United: Taylor signs as Evans embraces Wolves test

Paul Taylor is welcomed by Millers No 2 Paul Raynor
Paul Taylor is welcomed by Millers No 2 Paul Raynor

Two games, 16 goals.

If last season’s clashes between Rotherham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers are anything to go by, tomorrow’s first ever Championship match at New York Stadium should be a thriller.

Millers manager Steve Evans certainly thinks so.

“The match has all the hallmarks of being another classic after the two games between the clubs last season,” he said.

“Wolves have got stronger, we have got stronger. It’s a massive game.

Wolves will, in my opinion, be one of the challengers for automatic promotion,”

“Saturday is a huge test, but this is why we have worked so hard in the last two seasons - to get here, to get to the point where we face teams of this stature.

“We love a challenge and we’re relishing going up against Wolves.”

The clubs drew 3-3 in December when the Millers were well on top before Wolves were awarded a disputed penalty and on an unforgettable April afternoon at Molineux the home side finally triumphed 6-4 after Rotherham had fought back from 3-1 down to be level at 4-4 in the final minute of normal time.

Evans said of Wolves boss Kenny Jackett: “He is a manager I hold in the highest respect.

“He took on the giant of Wolverhampton Wanderers and galvanised it.

“He’s signed new players and got rid of some of the others who were earning too much money.

“I’m looking forward to what should be a fantastic day.”

Meanwhile, the Millers have signed 26-year-old forward Paul Taylor on loan from Ipswich Town.

Evans said yesterday afternoon: “I heard last night that Paul was in talks with two fellow Championship clubs in relation to joining them on a long-term loan.

“I quickly spoke to my chairman and within minutes our chief executive spoke with Marcus Evans at Ipswich Town. Within an hour I was given permission to talk with the player as a financial arrangement had been agreed with both clubs.

“After talking to the player it became very evident to me that he had a preference to join Rotherham United. In turn I asked the player to sleep on his options and I was delighted to receive a call first thing this morning to say the player still wanted to be a Miller.”