KEEP winning their games in hand and Rotherham United will be in charge of their own destiny.
That element of control over their situation is pleasing boss Steve Evans. Two re-arranged games have now been won on the road in the last fortnight and his side are well placed going into the business end of the season.
Now fourth, The Millers will have to wait a while for their next catch-up game but being top of the chasing pack, with a game in hand over Port Vale in second and two over Cheltenham, who are just a point and a place above.
“We spoke about if we could, with the games we’ve got, look after ourselves. Now it’s what we do and I genuinely think that it will be about what we do,” Evans said.
“I’m taking nothing away from Cheltenham, Bradford, Port Vale and Southend. These are top teams and we’ve got no given right to earn promotion.
“People think we’ve got a given right because we’ve got a new stadium and are back in our town. That makes it harder and there’s more pressure because people want to beat you more.”
Evans feels that Rotherham and Capital One Cup finalists Bradford City, who are now way off the pace, effectively have targets on their shirts and it has made their ambitions of promotions twice as difficult but it’s energising him.
“Whatever anyone says the two games that you want to perform in are against Bradford City and Rotherham United because they’re the two big clubs that have the big fan base,” he continued.
“They have the noisy fans and the high expectation levels. But I tell you what, you’d much rather be representing those supporters.
“We have to earn the right to be in League One. It really is about unity now. They’ll be bad days in the next 11 games and we’ll get turned over and people will want to put mallets on our head but that’s football.”
In reflection of their 4-0 Tuesday night win at Oxford, Evans has heaped praise on Ben Pringle.
“Ben’s come back rejuvenated. Some of his ball control, movement and passing was outstanding,” said Evans.