Rotherham United: Evans calls for ‘fortress’ New York

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Rotherham United boss Steve Evans wants his team to turn New York Stadium into a place of fear when they return from the international break.

In last season’s League One promotion campaign, the Millers were unbeaten at home for more than five months in the second half of the season.

And Evans is calling for his side to show similar form as they bid to make their mark in the Championship.

“It would be nice to make New York Stadium a really tough place to come to,” he said.

“In the second half of last season we did turn the New York into a fortress.”

The manager believes fan power will have a big part to play in how well the Millers fare on their home turf.

“We have to get a lot of points and we have to have our supporters helping us.

“They’re trying. They’ve been absolutely terrific evey game we’ve played for two years and there’s been a real up in the atmosphere and in people getting behind us.

“Our supporters are intelligent people. They know how tough this is for the players.”

The Millers were superb on the road throughout last season, while the winning mentality atNew York really kicked in in the New Year.

Evans added: “There are different types of pressure at home compared to away. It’s different styles of football.

“Teams have come to New York and sat 11 men behind the ball - and if they could put 15 on the pitch there’d be 15 behind the ball - and they counter-attack you.

“The higher you go, when they do counter-attack you or get into your half, they go with pace and purpose.

“And they have players who can make a final pass that counts, who can take a chance, as we found out against Watford. Despite have a superperformance, we came out with nothing. It’s a league that punishes you.”

The Millers return from the break to face two away games, at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday and at Bolton on Tuesday, before entertaining Charlton on September 20.