Rotherham United: Millers aim to turn screw

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Rotherham United will aim to take advantage of the tension surrounding Shrewsbury Town who have lost their last five home games.

They haven’t scored in the last four at home and their last home win was November 23 when beating Notts County. A few days later the losing home run began with a 2-1 defeat to Oldham.

Millers boss Steve Evans pointed out that Shrewsbury were unfortunate not to get a draw last week at home to Leyton Orient.

“I’ve a lot of respect for Graham Turner (Shrewsbury manager) and I know we will get a tough afternoon but they are on a poor run at home and let’s see if we can extend that,” he said.

“The pitch is in pretty poor condition but you have to deal with all sorts of conditions and if you need to be nitty-gritty and show some desire, then we can do that.”

Graham Turner - looking to add a couple of signings today to former Oldham winger Sidney Schmeltz who makes his home debut - admits there is some tension because of their losing run.

“The longer you go without a home win, the more tense it becomes,” he said.

“You can sense that about the place. We don’t want them sagging under the weight of the problems we are facing but we have a lad making his home debut and we are looking to bring in others and that can have a good effect.”

Shrewsbury will include striker Tom Eaves who had a spell on loan with Rotherham earlier in the season.

He made ten appearances but only two were starts and he scored just once before his club, Bolton, called him back. He immediately went on loan to Shrewsbury scoring in his first game at the end of November but not since then.

Millers full back James Tavernier had two games on loan at Shrewsbury at the start of the season but then suffered a broken foot.

Boss Evans, who has ruled out Craig Morgan after toe surgery and new striker Wes Thomas pushing Alex Revell, for a start, says Miles Addison is available.

“We let our fans watch training - unlike some other clubs - but then someone goes off on a laptop and says Miles has broken his foot just because he went for an X-ray,” said Evans. “It’s hugely important fans watch us but don’t come up with nonsense like that.”