WHEN the fixtures came out, the fans of Chesterfield and Rotherham United would have quickly looked for the dates of their two meetings.
It was almost a surprise to see them meeting so quickly, almost before the season is really up and running and before teams have really hit their stride.
But the pair of them will want to ensure they’re hitting the ground running when they clash at the Proact Stadium - derby clashes allow for no easing in!
For Rotherham it is a second successive away game against one of the teams fancied to be a strong promotion challenger and manager Steve Evans said that the Northampton clash was, of its kind, as tough as it gets.
Tomorrow, of course, is toughness of a different type with all the hype and expectancy that surrounds a local derby.
Despite his side suffering their first defeat on Tuesday, 2-1 at Northampton, Rotherham boss Steve Evans was convinced over his side’s performance.
“Your performances generally tell you how things are going to to go, how they’ll develop over a season, as opposed to a one-off result,” said Evans.
“I need my teams to play the quality of football we’ve asked them to play since we got here and we’re not going to change that and I have to believe in that and that we will live or fall by the results that will follow.
“But what I do know - and I told my chairman this - is if we have that same level of performance in the remaining 44 matches, then he’ll be a League One chairman next season.
“The possession stats were amazing and in the final 20 minutes we had 82 per cent possession. Our fans were frustrated and disappointed we lost but they went away knowing what they’d witnessed and how they’d seen us play.”
Evans again had Kari Arnason at the back. Johnny Mullins was deemed not to have fully recovered from last Saturday’s injury although he was on the bench.
Mark Bradley came in at right back and did well.
Ben Pringle scored Rotherham’s goal to add to the one he got which wrapped up the 3-0 win over Burton.
When the clubs last met it was a glory night for Chesterfield on their way to promotion in 2011. Their 5-0 win led to Ronnie Moore’s exit as Millers manager.
Chesterfield have made around 400 extra tickets available to Rotherham fans but will only be available from the Chesterfield FC ticket office and can be ordered by phoning 01246 488232. They will be available from 9am to 5pm today and 9am to 11.30am on Saturday, subject to availability. The tickets can be collected from the Proact Stadium after 1pm on Saturday.
From 11am today Rotherham’s ticket office will operate from the New York Stadium and no longer at Mangham House at Parkgate.