manager Steve Evans has identified three factors which need to go Rotherham United’s way today if they are to reach the third round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2004,
“We need a top-class team performance, supporters to win the battle off the pitch and a little bit of ‘Lady luck’,” said Evans as the Millers prepare to host League One promotion aspirants Notts County.
Evans said County’s ability to avoid defeat away from home was a “fantastic achievement” but sees no reason why his side can’t end their run.
“Winning at any level breeds confidence” he said. “If we can beat County, then it demonstrates you can beat most, if not all, League Two sides. County are a top side. We aspire to be in their division. They don’t concede many goals.
“You have to earn the right to score a goal against them. They are a counter-attacking side. At home, they are forced to come out and play and are not as effective. If their home form mirrored their away form, they’d be top.”
The cup brings back happy memories for Evans. Under the Scot, his former employees, Crawley Town, reached the fifth round in 2011 and 2012, including a trip to Manchester United. Town generated around £3 million from the two cup runs.
He said: “Everyone buzzes off a good cup run. It helps with finance and puts better players on the pitch, which in turn sees you win more games and more people want to see you. It is massively important the supporters have a feelgood factor and the FA Cup is the one magical competition that can do that.”
Loanees Courtney Cameron and Jack O’Connell have permission to feature in the tie.