Rotherham United: Millers look forward to top test

Millers manager Steve Evans with, left, assistant Paul Raynor
Millers manager Steve Evans with, left, assistant Paul Raynor
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There is simply no chance of playing down the game at the New York Stadium tonight - it’s a big clash against a top team.

Rotherham United and second-placed Brentford are two teams bang in form. For the Millers, pulling off a fine win at Play-off rivals Peterborough was simply the warm up act!

Brentford are now starting to manufacture the sort of gap in the automatic places that their phenomenal consistency should have brought them some time ago.

They have lost only once in their last 25 league matches - a 3-0 home defeat by Wolves on February 22. Only now can they find a bit of breathing space having moved four points clear of third-placed Leyton Orient and with two games in hand as well.

It’s why they and Wolves are well placed and strongly fancied to be the ones to occupy those precious top two spots come May.

The Millers, unbeaten in 13 games, are not yet written out of the picture but a ten point gap is a pretty big one at this stage of the season.

Manager Steve Evans says he is concentrating on nothing other than making sure they secure a Play-off place which, he says, would be “a fantastic achievement.”

He added: “Nobody around me is taking anything for granted and I don’t want people saying we’re secure in the top six.

“Our chairman, Tony Stewart, has invested many millions in this football club but it doesn’t entitle him to go talking about Play-offs.

“We are meeting a very good side indeed tonight who are on a great run and it’s a wonderful challenge for our players,” added Evans whose 100th game in charge last Saturday brought his 50th win.

He expects to have striker Wes Thomas available.

Brentford’s last away defeat in the league was at Stevenage on October 12, was a week after the Millers won 1-0 at Griffin Park.

Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Coventry was their fourth on the trot.

Central defender James Tarkowski will return from Brentford after completing a ban and they are likely to recall the busy Adam Forshaw, the midfielder named as League One’s Player of the Year at the recent Football League awards night.