Rotherham United: Millers go for promotion glory

Kieran Agard (left) fires home the vital Millers winner at Plymouth.
Kieran Agard (left) fires home the vital Millers winner at Plymouth.
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Reg Freeman, Jim McGuigan, Ian Porterfield, Billy McEwan, Phil Henson, Ronnie Moore (twice).

Steve Evans will hope his name is added to that list shortly before 5 o’clock tomorrow at what would then be a jubilant, celebratory New York Stadium.

The names above are the managers who have led Rotherham United to promotion - the first one, the revered Reg Freeman in 1950/51 and the last one, in 2000/01, the man who was idolised for leading the club to back-to-back promotions.

Evans was brought in by Tony Stewart to deliver promotion this season. He demanded nothing less, has backed him to the hilt and the Millers now stand on the cusp of promotion glory.

The irony is that the man attempting to stop them tomorrow is Andy Scott, the man Stewart sacked in March 2012 when he failed to deliver a promotion challenge in his first season in charge.

No doubt Scott would enjoy spoiling Rotherham’s promotion party. However, the Aldershot side he took over in February look doomed to relegation even if they do win - and they have lost only two of their last 10 away games.

However, a noisy full house at the New York Stadium is interested in only one outcome - the one that will end Rotherham United’s six season stay in League Two.

For Evans, it would mean he’d delivered on his first part of the agreement with chairman Stewart and he assessed the mood around the camp.

“There is a quiet determination amongst the squad to deliver the result we all want,” said Evans.

“The players have been real men in the face of some tough challenges at the back end of this season, none more so than at Bradford City, and now they want to go about things professionally and ensure they get this last part of the job done.

“Aldershot are relegated really but they’ll have a freedom to come and play and that, potentially, makes them dangerous.

“But the atmosphere will be electric and we always hoped that, come the final day, it would be in our hands. Well, it is and we are ready to grasp it.”

A win guarantees Rotherham promotion. A draw does it although they would be overhauled on goal difference if Cheltenham beat a weakened Bradford City side by at least seven goals.

Defeat and a Cheltenham win puts them up. Millers would finish second with a win and a Port Vale draw or defeat at Wycombe.