THERE may be no local lads in Rotherham United’s line-up but manager Steve Evans says they will all know the importance of today’s game with Chesterfield.
“We have players here who have played in derby games and know what it’s all about and I’ll be reminding them about this one,” said Evans.
“I know it’s a big game for the fans. Across the summer I’ve been to fans’ meetings, quizzes, dinners, out to clubs and pubs and the fans have all emphasised to me what this game means to them and that it was the first fixture they looked for.
“Our players will be well aware of what it means to the local people and we want to bring them three points if we can.
“But I’m under no illusions. Chesterfield are a good side with good players and a good manager but we’ll be ready to go and our players will see what it means when they come out and see the away end packed.”
Evans has already seen Chesterfield in action this season having been at their Capital One Cup exit to Ronnie Moore’s Tranmere Rovers in extra time recently, some revenge for Ronnie after his last visit there ended with his sacking following Rotherham’s 5-0 defeat in March 2011.
Against Tranmere, veteran Jack Lester went on and scored the equaliser although Chesterfield were beaten by a goal right at the end by one-time Millers loanee Abdulai Bell-Baggie.
“Jack Lester is a fantastic goalscorer and if he was 28 again he’d be going for millions now,” said Evans.
The Millers boss gave no clues as to his likely team. Kieran Agard pushed his claims when coming on for Daniel Nardiello early in the second half at Northampton on Tuesday.
The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with York City has been confirmed for Tuesday, September 4 and the kick-off will be slightly earlier at 7.30.
Admission prices are reduced to £12 and £6 concessions. Under-8s go free if accompanied by an adult.