ROTHERHAM UNITED: Boss Steve Evans warns that Millers will have to tough it out

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rotherham United manager Steve Evans watched tomorrow’s opponents York City dip at home in midweek but warned the sell-out Millers following not to read anything into it.

Evans says his side must be prepared for a ‘tough afternoon’ and reckoned that some of York’s passing and movement in the first half against Fleetwood was “as good as you’ll see in League Two.”

“Their manager, Gary Mills, has done exceptionally well there and after the win at Aldershot last week, he said he fancied them to tilt at another promotion,” said Evans.

“I saw what they did to Fleetwood in the first 45 minutes. Fleetwood probably got a talking-to at half-time, they got a deflected goal and it was different after that, it did knock York’s enthusiasm.”

Managers care little for past results but it’s a strange fact Rotherham have a pretty barren record across the years at Bootham Crescent.

In the last 40 years, in 20 league and cup visits, Rotherham have won three times. Some 13 of those meetings have been league games and the Millers have won only one of them.

That was back in 1987 and one of the Rotherham scorers was Gareth Evans - current Millers fans will hope that’s an omen!

York, with their deep defending and counter-attacking style, were the first team to win at the New York Stadium when edging the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie 1-0 in September.

The tactics they used that night were identical to those used both to draw an FA Cup tie at Don Valley in 2010 and then win the home replay 3-0.

Rotherham fans have snapped up all the 1,600 tickets and will get no more. Nor will York have any for sale.