Rotherham United: Millers striker a doubt for big test

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Alex Revell is Rotherham United’s main doubt as they head for Deepdale and an early sighter for a potential Play-off clash with Preston North End.

The big striker needed stitches in a cut eye suffered at Carlisle on Saturday, an injury which bloodied his shirt and the reason he was wearing a numberless shirt when setting up the stoppage time winner for Kieran Agard.

Manager Steve Evans regards him as doubtful although he said the striker would want to play.

If he misses out he may not be the only one as Evans strongly suggested he would make changes but wouldn’t let the players know early.

“You get people, like agents, going on Twitter or spreading it about on social networks so it’s hard to keep things quiet - and why should I run the risk of letting my opposite number know who’s playing and who isn’t?”, said Evans.

He acknowledged the size of the task tomorrow but also said the growing belief within his squad had them going over to Preston with no inferiority complex.

“We drew 0-0 with Preston in our first home game after promotion and it was a good marker because they looked a good side that day,” said Evans.

“And I well recall saying after it that by the time we play them again, if we are a few points within reach of Preston then I’d be absolutely delighted. Well, we’re three points behind with a game in hand and I don’t think many people would have reckoned on that.”

Evans felt there was more pressure on Preston to win tomorrow because they were regarded as one of the challengers for an automatic spot and they are still striving for a top two place and, being seven points behind, really need the three points.

“We haven’t written anything off but we have still to earn the right to be in the Play-offs,” said Evans. “Few expected us to be up there and a couple of experienced managers I saw last week said we were having a fantastic season.

“This group have a great togetherness and are showing a lot of desire and they’ll be ready for a tough test.”

Simon Grayson’s side are on an 11 match unbeaten league run. Rotherham are unbeaten in seven, winning the last four, and stand 10 points ahead of seventh-place Walsall who go to Deepdale on Saturday.