Rotherham United: Millers boss sounds cautionary note

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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans sounded a note of caution ahead of his side’s trip to much-improved Plymouth Argyle.

He is aware of the rising optmism among fans now that the Millers are in the box seat for third place after Tuesday’s great win at Bradford City but he knows the immediate task that lies ahead.

“We are coming up against a side who will be staying up and have been in excellent form for some time now,” said Evans.

“John Sheridan has done a great job and you only have to look at Plymouth’s results recently to know that we have a difficult game on our hands here.

“Tuesday was simply three more points. If we don’t have the same application and desire at Plymouth, then we’ll have nothing to show from it. When we show that desire, coupled with our ability, then we get results.”

The simple equation is two wins guarantees promotion but that is so easy to say and just as easy to start making assumptions.

Plymouth are virtually safe. If Barnet (home to Wycombe) or AFC Wimbledon (at Gillingham) lose, then they are guaranteed safety and will be safe with a point if Barnet or Wimbledon do no better than a draw.

Sheridan, sacked by Chesterfield earlier this season, took over at Home Park on January 6 when they were second bottom.

He has a record of 8 wins, four draws and five defeats. They have won five of the last seven, conceding only five goals in the last eight games.

They are all figures that will add to Evans’s cautionary words that this is a really tough one for the Millers.

One of their key players, Jason Banton, has been recalled by Crystal Palace. He has been a revelation, playing ‘in the hole’ behind former Millers striker Reuben Reid who joined in January on loan from Yeovil.

An even bigger Millers favourite, Guy Branston, has resurrected his career since moving there after his release by Aldershot in January. He has played 16 successive games and been a key figure at the heart of the defence.

Kari Arnason makes a return to Plymouth where he was a favourite a couple of years ago, playing during the club’s financial crisis when he was one of those who played without pay.

Rotherham will keep an eye on the results of fellow automatic promotion challengers Burton (at Bradford), Cheltenham (at York) and Northampton (at Port Vale).