Rotherham United: Millers boss in rallying call to fans

James Tavernier scores for Rotherham at Shrewsbury
James Tavernier scores for Rotherham at Shrewsbury
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Steve Evans has called on Millers fans to help give his side an extra edge when they tackle second-placed Leyton Orient at the New York Stadium tomorrow.

And he says he hopes those fans can get the stadium atmosphere going like it has been at other major games.

“Our fans have been fantastic, home and away, and some of the atmospheres we have had at this stadium have been amazing - I think of the games with the Blades and Wednesday, against Wolves and I well remember the Bradford City and Chesterfield ones last season,” said Evans who was involved in talks yesterday over a likely signing - with a fee involved - which followed on the collapse of the bid for a record signing.

“The fans certainly get behind us but, importantly, they have stuck with us as well. Myself and Paul Raynor both remarked on this about last week’s game with Crawley because we weren’t very good, to be honest, but they didn’t get on to us, kept us going and we were pushing at the end and we all got some reward.

“Well, we need everybody behind us and if we’re to beat Orient, we’re going to need that backing. What we want is for our ground to be an intimidating, hostile place that opponents don’t like. I do think teams enjoy coming here because it’s such a good place to play at.

“It doesn’t matter, really, where the points come from but we do want to win more for our supporters who’ve been patient with us.”

Russell Slade’s Orient arrive lying second, having scored an amazing 32 goals away from home, clearly the best by an away side.

And Evans added: “They are the hardest working team in this division with a tremendous work rate and Russell has them organised and disciplined and they are having an excellent season.

“It’s a big challenge for us but, after last Saturday, we showed great character on Tuesday in a difficult game and we relish the sort of challenge we’got this weekend against a very good side.”

Evans made four changes for the Tranmere game and may well alter his side again although it could come to soon for Craig Morgan who is back training.

“When you get in battles, there is a time for youth and energy and some nights when you go for experience,” said Evans.

“I’d seen Claude Davis looking as if he was ready to play a part and he went in, he won every header and was excellent but it doesn’t mean he will necessarily play a part tomorrow,” said Evans.

Newcastle United pair James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic have extended their loan stays to the end of the season and they await confirmation from QPR over Tom Hitchcock staying on.