Rotherham United manager Steve Evans says he won’t mind the flak that will be coming his way this afternoon - he’ll only bother about the final score.
Evans has been a particular Bradford City target since his Crawley side were involved on a tempestuous night there a couple of seasons ago.
From that night he also faced a charge, which he continues to deny and which he claims was brought by “a fantasist”, which led to the six game stadium ban last season which he served as Rotherham manager.
“I went back to Bradford recently and Ronnie Moore, in charge of Tranmere, got some fearful stick from the Bradford fans so I think I’ll blame Ronnie for all the stick we get from that particular quarter,” said Evans.
“There has been lots of things said and written in Bradford, much against me, and people have been winding people up and no doubt their fans get wound up. I barely moved a muscle at Bradford last April, when we had that great win there, because I had security men either side of me but they were still having a go.
“No doubt they will tomorrow but I’m just bothered about the result. I certainly know our fans will be backing the team.
“I’ve no issue with Phil Parkinson (Bradford manager), we were on the same table at a football writers dinner recently and we were fine.”
On-loan Matt Tubbs is available but there was a doubt over Tom Eaves with Bolton still not having confirmed clearance yesterday.
Both sides go into this first round tie on a run of five games without a win.
If the Millers youngsters beat Bury in the next round of the FA Youth Cup they have been drawn away at Leicester in the third round.
Former 1960s stars Alan Hill, John Galley and John Haselden are guests next Thursday at Rotherham Utd Nostalgia Society at the Green Dragon, Kimberworth (8.30).