Rotherham United: Millers will relish the occasion

Millers' Lee Frecklington fires his first goal at Crewe.
Millers' Lee Frecklington fires his first goal at Crewe.
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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans says everyone connected with the club is relishing the prospect of another ‘special occasion’ at the New York Stadium tonight.

“It’s just the sort of game this stadium of ours was built for and why the chairman (Tony Stewart) had it designed like he did,” said Evans as his side prepare to face Sheffield Wednesday in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

“We experienced some great occasions here last season - not least the first game and the last one - and they, and others, were memorable and we saw how good it is when it’s full or nearly full.

“Well, with two sets of supporters getting right behind their side tonight, it guarantees a great atmosphere and it will be a special occasion and everybody here is really looking forward to it. I’m sure the Wednesday fans travelling across will enjoy it and understand why we are proud of what we’ve got here.

“But there’s a game to be won at the end of it all and I know it is a very tough one for us.

“I was up at 5am yesterday morning checking out Wednesday’s dvd from QPR and considering our reports and Dave Jones has done some fantastic business. He’s a manager I’ve a lot of time for, look at his record, what he’s done and he’s managed in the Premier League and you don’t do that if you’re a dumpling.

“Look, if we play well and they play well, then we lose. But we have players with ability, players who have played at a higher level, even international level and I do have a decent record in cups.”

Evans said he was aware of Wednesday’s pace and their ability on the counter-attack - “we have been working to combat that,” he said.

Evans ruled out Daniel Nardiello, recovering from a hamstring injury, and also fellow striker Danny Hylton who has a back injury.

Saturday’s two goal hero Lee Frecklington said: “The players are looking forward to it and we know from last season what the atmosphere will be like.

“They are a good side but if we play like we can then we can give anyone a good game.”

The last time the clubs met in 2008 (Rotherham winning on penalties) was at Hillsborough, and the Kop was sponsored at that time by ASD Lighting, the company of Millers chairman Tony Stewart who had taken over Rotherham a few months before.