THERE has been an optimism, a belief and a positivity about Rotherham United’s support this season that hasn’t been seen for years - the move back into town and the New York Stadium being very much the catalyst, of course.
However, manager Steve Evans admits many fans are unsure about his side’s prospects against Stevenage in the FA Cup this afternoon.
“I know what a lot of them are thinking because I met plenty the other night at a function,” said manager Evans who linked up with chairman Tony Stewart for an FA Cup evening at the New York Stadium earlier this week.
“They’d just love us to win but from the conversations I was having, the fans are expecting us to go out.
“Certainly Stevenage start favourites and deservedly so but I believe we are capable of providing some overdue cup success at this club and that, with a big help from the fans, we can do it.”
FA Cup success certainly is overdue for the Millers, not least at home. The last time Rotherham won a home tie was the last time they played at home to a side in a division above them - this was in January 2002 when the Millers, then in The Championship, beat Premier League Southampton 2-1 at Millmoor.
After that they lost the next seven ties played at home and have drawn the subsequent two, against Luton in 2009 and York in 2010. The only FA Cup wins since Southampton have been first round wins at Wealdstone in 2009 and, last season, Barrow.
Fans are urged to get tickets as early as possible today and not leave it to the last minute.
Meanwhile, defender Johnny Mullins has been refused permission to play in Oxford United’s tie at Barnet by Rotherham.