Rotherham United: Millers seeking a reaction

Alex Revell scoring against Bradford City in the FA Cup
Alex Revell scoring against Bradford City in the FA Cup
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Rotherham United, stung by criticism over their performance on Tuesday, are aiming for a reaction tonight.

They will hope it inspires them to extend their recent run over Bradford City in the first ever televised game from the New York Stadium.

“That performance was hard to take and there is no doubt we let ourselves down and our fans down,” said manager Steve Evans.

“We did not let Sheffield United followers see the Rotherham United we have seen; we did not do ourselves justice based on how we have been playing for the majority of the season.

“We’ve seen and heard the things said afterwards and we’ve heard a few comments from the opposition camp and you’d think it was Real Madrid that beat us.

“But I’ll take the criticsm because I’m the man in charge. We’ll take it on the chin.

“But we did not perform, we never got into the game in the first half and, tonight, we will try and put on a performance more akin to us.”

Evans admitted he was still sore over Mike Dean’s last minute penalty decision from which the Blades won the game and said they have studied the replay of it and remains convinced that it wasn’t a penalty.

“I wish they would leave Premier League referees where they are, it’s a different world up there.”

Of the last four Premier League referees they’ve had, three have given penalties against them (two controversially) and one for them.

On tonight’s game Evans said: “It’s about time the tv cameras were here isn’t it? A fabulous new stadium like this one, the newest in the country, yet they never came last season and only manage to get here a few games from the end despite the success we’ve had.”

He says Lee Frecklington is 90 per cent fit but declined to say if he would play him... “he’s available if we want him to be,” he said. “We might look at resting those who are 60/40.”

Rotherham have beaten Bradford City in the last six meetings, the last five without conceding a goal

Like all games this weekend, tonight’s game kicks off seven minutes late and starts at 7.52 following a minute’s silence in memory of the 96 who died at the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago.

*The New York Stadium pitch has been named League One’s Pitch of the Year from the International Football Pitch Advisory, an independent advisory body on pitch design, constitution and maintenance.