Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has warned that Stevenage will pose a much stiffer test than their bottom place suggests and says they are in a false position.
“They have got their best players back and can field what you’d call their best team and they are improving,” said the Millers manager ahead of this afternoon’s clash at the New York Stadium.
“I know how Graham Westley will have his side prepared - they will be on the front foot, they are meticulously organised, very physical and this will be difficult.
“They may be bottom but it’s a false position and I’ll state now that they won’t be relegated.
“I saw their last game when they beat Gillingham 3-1 and they really bossed them and gave them a good hiding.
“We don’t kid ourselves about the challenge they will bring but I expect us to be professional in the way we go about our job.”
Up front for the visitors will be Francois Zoko who had a trial earlier this season with Rotherham after leaving Notts County. Rotherham didn’t sign him and he joined Stevenage.
“We had a look at Francois and liked what we saw and if there’d been room we would have done something,” said Evans. “He’s gone to Stevenage and done well there.”
Rob Milsom is the only player not available for Rotherham and new signing Nicky Adams looks likely to start on the bench.
The pitch is in excellent condition and Rotherham say there are no problems despite all the rain this week.
“It’s the value of paying a lot for a top-class drainage system,” said Evans.
The Millers reserves are due to play Mansfield at Parkgate on Monday (1pm) but in view of the rainfall this weekend, there will be a pitch inspection at Green Lane on Monday morning.