Rotherham United: Millers fish for Cod revenge

Action from the Derby v Millers clash
Action from the Derby v Millers clash
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Rotherham United will be looking to avenge one of last season’s rare defeats when they entertain Fleetwood Town in the Capital One Cup tonight.

The Millers won promotion to the Championship in May, but last December they were knocked out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy by the Cod Army at the Northern semi-final stage.

Manager Steve Evans has said he will makes changes to his side after Rotherham impressed during their 1-0 Championship opening-day loss at Derby County on Saturday.

“We want to make headway in the cup competition but the reality is that the Championship is what’s important to us,” he said.

“We’ll make some changes, but they’ll be limited.”

The Millers were beaten 2-1 by then-League-Two Fleetwood, who eventually went on to earn a promotion of their own.

Conor McLaughlin’s 70th-minute strike saw Graham Alexander’s side edge past the Millers after Jeff Hughes had opened the scoring only for Nouha Dicko to bring Rotherham level.

Town travel to New York Stadium tonight for the first-round tie (KO 7.45pm) having beaten Crewe Alexandra 2-1 at Highbury Stadium on the opening day of their 2014/15 League One campaign.

Goals from David Ball and Jamie Procter were too much for the Railwaymen who has to wait until the 90th minute for Brad Inman’s consolation.

Meanwhile, Evans reflected on the Millers’ encouraging start to life in the second tier.

“I think that Derby started tremendously well, and the fans were in full voice. It was probably the best atmosphere we have experienced,” he said. “When we came through that first 10 minutes unscathed I think that we all breathed a sigh of relief.

“At the start of the second half again they started well, but once again we got a foothold. Matt Derbyshire should score with a header, Kieran Agard should score with almost the last kick of the game. We cannot come here and afford to miss those type of chances. We go away disappointed because we are used to winning games.”