Opportunity knocks for several members of Rotherham United’s squad tonight as the Millers embark on a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy ‘revenge mission’ at York City.
Manager Steve Evans said he wanted Millers fans to know that it wouldn’t be the starting XI which kicked off at Brentford on Saturday.
“We’ve to have six players who figured on Saturday, but people will get an opportunity and they have take it - they might not get another one because we are always looking to strengthen,” said Evans who has Kari Arnason away on international duty.
“I can assure you that whilst we have bigger things right now, we want to win tonight and I shall be shouting and appealing for every ball as usual.”
Evans declined to say who will be in the starting line-up. But it seems reasonable to speculate that those who were on the bench at Brentford will figure (including young defender Dan Rowe) with starts for the three who came on, Danny Hylton, Tom Eaves and Michael Tidser.
All three have yet to start a game and Hylton’s 30 minute appearance at Griffin Park was his debut for the club.
Goalkeeper Adam Collin looks sure to get a first outing and he has great memories of this competition.
He was in the Carlisle side which won the competition in 2011 (beating Brentford in the final) and in the previous year’s final he was Man of the Match in Carlisle’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton.
That season it was his two saves in the penalty shoot-out against Leeds in the Northern Area Final which took Carlisle to Wembley. It was also the second time he’d made two saves in a shoot-out in that competition.
“I’ve been involved in five or six penalty shoot-outs and never lost one yet,” he said.
It was York who ko’d Rotherham in this competition last season, in the process becoming the first team to beat the Millers in a competitive fixture at the New York Stadium. Rotherham haven’t won at Bootham Crescent in their last nine visits.