Rotherham United: Millers boss hopes for some nerves

James Tavernier, chased by Ben Pringle, celebrates scoring
James Tavernier, chased by Ben Pringle, celebrates scoring
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Millers boss Steve Evans hopes that nerves might just start to affect the teams above them in the League One promotion race.

But whilst he refuses to talk about his own team’s chances of going for automatic promotion, his thoughts on tonight’s important game at Bramall Lane probably betray his inner feelings.

A nine point haul last week saw Rotherham cut the deficit to second-placed Brentford to five points but still leaving the Millers very much outsiders for a top two spot.

All Millers thoughts now turn to Brentford’s game at Sheffield United tonight which represents the London club’s game in hand.

“There’ll be Millers fans going over there to cheer on the Blades I’m sure and those that aren’t will be willing them on,” said Evans.

“I’m going and I’ll be kicking and heading every ball and hoping United win but are they good enough to beat a quality side like Brentford? I’m not sure but one thing I am sure about is that Nigel (Clough) has done a fantastic job and if he gets them in the Play-offs then it would be unbelievable.

“Strange things happen at this time of a season and we’ve seen nerves affect teams at the top - I’d be nervous if I was second.”

Brentford, whose defeat to Rotherham last Tuesday was only their second in 26 matches, remain firm favourites to finish second behind Wolves who have a ten point gap over third place and are at bottom-club Stevenage tonight.

Rotherham go to Molineux on Good Friday by which time Wolves could be promoted or could clinch promotion that day.

Brentford’s run-in after tonight sees Notts County (H) on Saturday and Crawley (H) a week tomorrow.

Then it’s: Apr 12 Swindon (A); Apr 18 Preston (H); Apr 21 MK Dons (A); Apr 26 Colchester (H); May 3 Stevenage (H).

On Saturday, Rotherham go to Gillingham where they haven’t won in their last 12 visits, losing nine of them.