STEVE Evans insists revenge will not be on his mind when Rotherham United entertain York City tonight.
Although the Minstermen, who gained promotion to League Two last term, have gone nine matches without a win, they have already triumphed once this year at the New York Stadium. In September, Matty Blair’s 80th minute strike dumped the Millers out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Evans, the Millers manager, blames himself for that loss, admitting he made “too many” personnel changes. But the passionate Scot says his players are focused on maintaining their promotion bid rather than looking to avenge that defeat.
He said: “It is not about payback. It is about trying to win another three points.”
When the two sides last met in League Two, it finished goalless at Bootham Crescent. Evans, who could recall top-scorer Daniel Nardiello (groin), watched York’s goalless draw at Oxford United last weekend. He thinks Gary Mills side have not been getting the rub of the green recently. York have slipped to 17th in the division, having failed to win since New Year’s Day.
“I think they have been unfortunate,” he said. “Jason Walker had two efforts on goal on Saturday and perhaps if you are in form then one of those goes in for you.
“They play a counter attacking style and pack people behind the ball. They are very effective at it.
“Gary (Mills) has assembled a talented squad with good individuals. People will look at this game and think it is an automatic three points for us but these are the kind of games we have lost at home this season.”
Danny Kearns (hamstring) is unlikely to be risked. He had an MRI scan on his injury yesterday afternoon but Evans says the knock is not as bad as first feared.
Michael O’Connor is available for selection following a three-match suspension.