Rotherham United: Millers will have a go for promotion

Rotherham United players mob scorer Mark Bradley at Oldham
Rotherham United players mob scorer Mark Bradley at Oldham
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Steve Evans says they are ahead of schedule but has promised that Rotherham United will ‘give it their best shot’ in their bid for League One promotion.

“We were meant to be in this position (challenging for promotion to The Championship) three years from now gauged on what was the aim when I joined the club,” said the Millers boss.

“The chairman (Tony Stewart) said four years for the Championship but he did say that if we can go up in two then we’ll go up in two.

“So, we’re ahead of schedule and we’re going to give it our best shot. But we’re on schedule as far as the season is going and I think we are a few wins away from guaranteeing a Play-off place.

“We need to make sure we deliver that and it would be a travesty otherwise.”

They entertain Walsall on Saturday and if they can beat the Saddlers - who are currently eighth - then they would be a massive 20 points ahead of them.

“We have always been looking upwards and if those above us slip up - and they can’t win every week - then we are ready to pounce,” added Evans.

“I believe in this group of players. I think they are special, a fantastic group and I think our supporters appreciate that’s the case as well.

”There are people in this division, managers and coaches, who disrespect our players because they don’t rate them or think we should be where we are.

“Well, I’m very fortunate and proud to work with these players; we have boys with real talent.

But the Millers boss claimed that he had to issue a reminder on Monday because some aspects of training were a notch down.

“If I see any complacency, even from one player, then I’ll act and I reminded them how far we’ve come and how tough it’s been,” he added.

“I sensed something before Colchester last week. We weren’t on the front foot, lacked some quality. It wasn’t going to happen a second time.” It didn’t!

“The only criticism was in not putting the game to bed inside 30 minutes.”

*New York Stadium has its first live tv game when the Millers meet Bradford City on Friday, April 11 (7.45)