Rotherham United: Millers boss backs his players

Rotherham United players celebrate their Play-off goal at Deepdale
Rotherham United players celebrate their Play-off goal at Deepdale
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Steve Evans says he has no fears over the ability of his players to handle big games after proving their point again in the first leg of the League One Play-off semi-final.

“I’ve seen these players deal with big games and tough environments and was confident they would do so at Preston and they did,” said the Rotherham United boss.

“That was some support from the home crowd and such games as that, with all that hangs on them, are a real test of your strength of character, your spirit, your togetherness.

“We got thrown into a real intimidating atmosphere at Bradford last season in what was, effectively, a promotion decider. They dealt with that.

“You’ve a player like Kari Arnason who’s played in a World Cup Play-off in a tough place like Croatia. Others have Championship experience.

“They know what games like this week are about and I’ve no doubt they will deal with the second leg this Thursday. They won’t be fazed, they’re excited and really looking forward to it.”

Evans added: “I said at half-time that if Preston got a goal then that would be the real test for us.

“They got one but then the players were outstanding in that next 20 minutes and dealt with it with real character.”