STEVE Evans, the Rotherham United manager, has launched a staunch defence of his team’s home record, arguing that it is better than the top two sides in League Two.
The Scot said the Millers lacked creativity against York City on Tuesday, relying on a last minute strike from Daniel Nardiello to prevent an eighth defeat in 18 matches on their own turf this season.
However, Rotherham’s patchy form in front of their own fans is threatening to undermine their automatic promotion charge.
But Evans insists he is not concerned by their record at the New York Stadium and quickly pointed out Rotherham have picked up more points in their own backyard (31) than league leaders Gillingham and second-placed Port Vale, who have both accrued 28.
Speaking ahead of their clash with Southend United this afternoon, Evans told The Star: “People condemn our home record but we have got more points at home than Gillingham and Port Vale. Both of them lost at home in midweek and it just shows you how difficult it is to win games in League Two.
“People like to see you win football matches. But I think it is probably knew to a lot of our players when teams come and sit so many players behind the ball.
“There is probably ourselves, Gillingham and Port Vale in this league who get teams who come and set up like that. I have been to Port Vale many times and seen good 4-4-2 teams play 4-5-1. It is hard to break down.”
Young Millers striker Alec Denton is in contention to make his Stocksbridge Park Steels debut against Whitby Town today after joining the club on a month’s loan.