Rotherham United: Millers planning no special build up

Paul Raynor, left, and Steve Evans
Paul Raynor, left, and Steve Evans
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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans says they will be doing nothing different, nothing special, in this week’s build-up to the start of the League One Play-offs.

“We’ll have what I term a normal week and, at the end of it, we’ll be prepared for a tough game,” said the Millers manager.

“The regular season is over. We’ve been ready for a 48 game season for a while with an option for a 49th.

“But I don’t see why we should treat this week any differently. We’ll do our usual preparations and the lads will do what they’ve done all season - work hard at their training and keep relaxed.

“If it’s been good enough up to now, it will be good enough for what’s coming up.””

The Millers travel to a full house Deepdale for Saturday’s first leg (5.15) to face Preston North End who will be aiming to end their Play-off horror run that has seen the club fail in all eight Play-off campaigns they have been involved in.

Rotherham’s assistant manager Paul Raynor was involved in two of those losses, in 1994 and 1995, during his 101 game career with Preston.

Added Evans: “I had a funny feeling we might end up with Preston and there’s no doubt that everybody will have them down as favourites and that’s no surprise - it’s a terrific club with great support and Paul Raynor will tell you what a great club it is.

“But it would have been tough whoever it is. Back in August, no one fancied us at all but I have always believed in these players and they’ve been magnificent and I’ve every confidence in them.

First leg tickets go on sale to season ticket holders only this morning and to Millers Mayday members tomorrow. The allocation is 2,100.

Meanwhile, the Millers say Lionel Ainsworth, Kayode Odejayi and David Noble - who have all been out on loan - will be leaving.

Talks are planned with two other loanees, Danny Hylton and David Worrall who joined last Summer. Michael Tidser has another week on loan at Ross County and his future will be discussed when he returns.