Patience may be a virtue Rotherham United fans need tomorrow and manager Steve Evans is confident they will come up to the mark.
“If this is one of those games where you may need to be patient then I’ve no doubt whatsoever on that score that our fans will be,” said the Millers boss ahead of his side’s home game with Shrewsbury Town.
“Among the many great aspects at the New York Stadium has been the support the players have had, the feeling there has been from the supporters and how tolerant they have been even when things weren’t always going right at home last season.
“I have the highest regard for (Shrewsbury manager) Graham Turner who has proved himself a top manager over so many years, and he will have them organised, they’ll probably play 4-5-1, get men behind the ball and look to counter-attack.
“It may not be quite like one or two games we have just had but I believe if we work as hard as we have been doing, then our quality will come through. Perhaps some patience will be needed but if we go out with the purpose we had at Crawley then we can get our rewards.”
Rotherham go into the game not having beaten Shrewsbury in the last ten meetings. One of them, in April 2012, represented Evans’ first game in charge when the Millers lost 2-1 at Shrewsbury.
Of the team which started that day, only Alex Revell and Ben Pringle are still at the club.
“I think the comparison between the team that day and the one now is chalk and cheese - almost Real Madrid and a pub team. That team was mid-table in League Two. These players are capable of being up there in League One.”