Rotherham United: Millers face tough task

First one: Daniel Nardiello's penalty was the first goal of the opening day's 3-0 win over Burton Albion.
First one: Daniel Nardiello's penalty was the first goal of the opening day's 3-0 win over Burton Albion.
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THEY had just lost 3-0 in the New York Stadium’s historic first league game but Rotherham United manager Steve Evans made what has proved a prescient comment about Burton Albion.

He suggested that they would be up challenging for a promotion place and, as the doubters queried that, he said he was serious.

The Millers now head for Burton’s Pirelli Stadium with Gary Rowett’s side sitting in fourth place, a point above Rotherham albeit with three more games played but having surprised quite a few people.

There is usually a surprise package in League Two and Burton are this season’s candidate for that role.

On that opening day they were two down inside the first ten minutes, Daniel Nardiello’s penalty after five minutes being the first league goal at the new ground.

“They recovered well and played really well and I fancied them this season to be up there and so they are,” said Evans.

“We are now going to a side who have the best home record in this division, have attacking flair and to have got double figure home wins by this stage is fantastic and indicates the job ahead for us.”

The Brewers will be without central defender and skipper Zander Diamond who starts a four match ban following his sending off at AFC Wimbledon last Saturday. Of course Ian Sharps, on loan from Rotherham, can’t play.

The Millers, who may be unchanged tomorrow, go to Torquay next Tuesday.