expECT a titanic tussle. That’s the view of Rotherham United manager Steve Evans as two of the upwardly mobile clubs meet at the New York Stadium tomorrow.
Rotherham United and Bradford City are figuring on most’s people list of promotion favourites and both clubs have recruited strongly in the summer.
Evans classes it as “a real tough test” and wasn’t afraid to say he expects Bradford to be in the top three... “they will be up there,” he reckons.
“I saw where their chairman had said that if they’re not up near the top in January then they may slash the budget.
“Well, they have two or three players we were interested in but we couldn’t get them. They have spent big money.”
Evans says he is relishing the fact it is going to be another full house at the New York Stadium.
“There’s a great buzz about the place when there’s a game on and it’s a great place to be,” said Evans. “In fact, for me, it’s the best stadium outside the Championship.
“It will certainly be buzzing tomorrow and our fans will be giving us big support again, showing their passion and it’s going to be a great atmosphere.
“Bradford have had a good start and a great result in midweek and I think our performances have been outstanding without the full points return we’ve deserved.”
Evans sprang a surprise last week when including both Lionel Ainsworth and former Bradford man Gareth Evans. Defender Johnny Mullins has benefitted from coming through 90 minutes in the reserves in midweek.
Bradford won 2-1 in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday at Watford. Manager Phil Parkinson left some of his regulars out of the starting line-up as well.
Speedy striker Nakhi Wells and his big striker partner James Hanson didn’t start but will return tomorrow and they have two pacy and tricky wide players in Zavon Hines and Kyel Reid. Will Atkinson, who had a brief loan spell with Rotherham, is in the squad.
In midfield are the experienced pair of Gary Jones, the former Rochdale skipper, now 35, and Nathan Doyle, who was with Barnsley last season.
Boss Parkinson, who took over a year ago, feels he has now stamped his mark on the side and believes the win at Watford will give them added confidence for tomorrow’s task.