Rotherham United: Millers face top strike duo

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First up were Derby County, who Rotherham United boss Steve Evans believes will be challenging for promotion at the end of the season.

Then came Wolves, who the Millers manager is confident will be a top-six side next May.

Tonight it’s Watford.

And Evans believes they’re the best team of the lot!

“If we thought Wolves could pass and move, Watford are better than them at that particular part of the game,” he said.

“Arguably they’ve got the best two strikers in the league. I think every manager at this level would take Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra. They’re very gifted boys.

“I was hoping Deeney would have been sold before now, but I’ve not had any reports that he’s on his way somewhere so it looks like he’ll be at the New York!

“I think it’s three of the top six for sure that we’ve opened up with. I’ve seen Wolves and Derby, and Watford are the best of the three for me.”

What an introduction to life in the Championship.

The Millers, after an unlucky opening-day defeat at Derby, saw off Wolves 1-0 on Saturday as New York Stadium staged its first ever Championship match.

Ryan Hall injured himself in the process of scoring but is fit for tonight’s home match.

Right-winger Febian Brandy is also available after injury, but midfield man Robert Milsom misses out again.

Right-back Frazer Richardson has yet to feature this season but Evans says he is less than a fortnight away from being ready.

Evans warned: “Watford are a super side, packed with talent. Probably both of the strikers could play in the Premiership.”

But the front two aren’t the only threat the Hornets pose.

He said: “Daniel Tozser (midfield) can pass the ball. I’m sure he could put it on a mushroom from 50 yards.

“Vydra is the best No 10 I have seen in a long, long time, certainly for this level.

“Deeney, I have always liked, and Lewis McGugan (midfield) is a top player for me. I thought he was an exceptional talent at Nottingham Forest.

Evans admits he faces a selection poser tonight over who will start in goal.

Adam Collin produced some outstanding stops against Wolves but almost let in Nouha Dicko when the Wolves striker charged down his attempted clearance.

Evans said: “He made some fantastic saves but some of them were from his errors. You can’t make an error then make the save and think ‘ain’t that good’.

“The cream can do the basics and the essentials very well and then also make outstanding saves. Adam just needs to focus on doing the basics right.

“Scott Loach came in against Fleetwood and was outstanding. He had long periods of doing nothing and then made two very good saves in the second half, which is always the sign of a goalkeeper who can concentrate. It’s a fight between those two; even for the Watford game, it’s a fight.

“I thought Adam was excellent against Derby, inconsistent against Wolves.

“Loachy will want to grab that shirt.

“As a goalkeeper, you’re paid to keep the ball out of the net.

“Rotherham United had a clean sheet on Saturday. We lost to a super, super goal the week before at Derby. They were both Adam’s games.

“Scott kept a clean sheet against Fleetwood in the Capital One Cup in midweek.

“They’re good habits to have.

“I don’t care how they keep goal. If they deliver a clean sheet against Watford, whoever the goalkeeper is, then we’ll say ‘thanks very much’.