AS Rotherham United and Chesterfield prepare to do battle on Saturday, Millers manager Steve Evans reckons this was the sort of occasion the New York Stadium was built for - and which fits it perfectly.
“We are looking at a capacity crowd, a big away following, a local derby and a great atmosphere guaranteed,” enthused Evans.
“They’re the sort of days that you want. I don’t suppose you get too many in League Two but we’ve had a taste already.
“There’s been a couple of 11,000 gates, a 10,000 and we’ve been having 7 and 8,000 ones, and we’ve experienced what the atmosphere is like.
“It was rocking at the opener and then when we beat Bradford City and it was full and I think it’ll be electric on Saturday.
“I understand the history between these two old rivals, both traditional proud football clubs, and they tell me that at one time the Millers couldn’t beat Chesterfield although recently, with the odd exception, we’ve had the upper hand.
“But that will mean nothing on Saturday.
“You look for big characters, big players and big performances and players should enjoy playing in this one.
“Chesterfield will have over 2,000 behind them; we’ll have the rest giving it what for and really getting behind our lads.
“They’ll all get behind their own team and I sincerely hope that the supporters of both clubs do what they’re good at and concentrate on that and nothing else so we can ensure the day goes off smoothly. Let’s hoping it’s a sporting occasions. I’m sure it will be.”
He said the players will know what this game means to the people who come through the turnstiles and pay their wages.
“But there’s no point playing with your heart if you can’t play with your head,” added the Millers boss.
“The best players play with their head first and their heart second and we know that it is important to play the match and not the occasion.”
Evans acknowledged the job Paul Cook has done with the Spireites.
“He’s done a great job in a short space of time,” said Evans. “They will be organised and efficient, have people who can score goals and a top class goalkeeper and they are among a clutch of clubs striving to get in the play-offs.”
The win at Torquay on Tuesday lifted Rotherham back into the play-off zone in seventh place. They go into tomorrow’s game six points ahead of Chesterfield who have played two games more.
He has David Noble available again after suspension and he will be involved. So too central defender Craig Morgan who will also be involved and ready to play if he is pitched in.
“It’s not a given I play the same just because we won at Torquay and I knew the team I wanted for Chesterfield right after Tuesday night’s game,” he said.