Rotherham United: Millers plan cup changes

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Steve Evans is relishing taking on top-flight oppositon, but admits he won’t be doing it with his first-choice line-up.

His Rotherham United side test themselves tonight at Swansea City in the Capital One Cup second round, with the Millers boss preparing to alter his side.

“We’re looking forward to taking on a Premier League team, but we’re going to make changes,” he said.

“Let’s not tell our supporters a false story here. There will be significant changes to our team.”

Evans has already said the club’s Championship campaign means more to them than knockout success.

But he pledged that there will be no lack of focus from him or the squad he chooses.

“When the referee blows the first whistle, we’ll be as passionate as we were at Millwall or we were against Wolves or Watford,” he said.

“You want to win a football match. But we have to make changes. We have to protect what we’re trying to achieve in the Championship.

“We don’t have the biggest squad and we’re two or three players light of where we need to be to give us different options, so some players will get game-time at Swansea.

“It’s up to them to step forward and stake a claim for a place in the team against Brentford who come on Saturday.”

Tonight’s showdown means a second long trip in four days for Rotherham, after their 1-0 Championship triumph at Millwall last Saturday.

“I think we can get to Benidorm quicker than we can South Wales,” Evans joked,

“What a fantastic club Swansea are. I think they are the role model for going up through the divisions. It will be difficult because they’ll keep the ball and move it around.”

Looking back to the victory at the Den, he said: “It was important to go and get that first away win.

“We has such a good away record last season, and I think a lot of the attributes we had last season we took into last Saturday. We had that spirit and desire to win a game and got what we deserved.”

The newly-promoted Millers have won two of their opening four Championship matches.

“I think we’ll be all right in this league. It’s tough,” Evans added. “We’ve come up and we’ve still got a lot of players who played for us in League Two and the continuity of that programme is good. But, of course, I’ll only pick them if they’re good enough.”