Rotherham United: Millers boss says tie is evenly-balanced

Millers boss Steve Evans
Millers boss Steve Evans
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Millers manager Steve Evans insists that tonight’s Play-off game is so evenly-balanced that neither side is the favourite.

“We’ve played each other three times and drawn three times so everyone can see how well matched we are,” he said.

“In all three games, we have had spells on top and Preston have had spells on top and at other times there’s been nothing in it.

“Preston have a fantastic away record, only bettered by us and Wolves, so we know they’ll be tough. But we knew that last week just like they knew we would be tough.

“We don’t give up - everyone who has watched us knows that. Preston say they’ll be better but we’re ready for that.

“There had been a lot of talk about the Play-offs and how everything around them is different but I thought we handled it superbly last week and I’ve no doubt the players will again.”

Evans said one thing staying the same is his pre-match snooze.

“I always have a little snooze in my office in the hour before the game and it’ll be the same before this one,” he said.

“It gets me prepared, you can take yourself into the zone. A chance, too, to think about those final words before the boys go out there. But no clipboard, it’s from the heart.”

Preston boss Simon Grayson says he expects his side to play better than they did in the first leg, particularly the first half display.

“We didn’t pass the ball like we can and our ball retention was not as good as normal,” he said.

“A lot of individuals realise they can play better. We’ll make sure we’re solid.”