MANAGER Steve Evans is acutely aware Burton Albion would love nothing more than to spoil Rotherham United’s “special day” when they visit the New York Stadium tomorrow.
Following a bright showing in the Carling Cup One defeat to Hull City last weekend, Evans much fancied side take on the Brewers in their first competitive fixture at the new state-of-the-art ground.
A full house is expected to cheer on the Millers but Evans is wary of the quality Burton possess in their ranks.
“This is the big one,” he admitted. “It will be a special day for the club.
“Burton will be coming to steal the show and Sheffield United fans will be well aware they are quite capable as they showed last week in the cup.
“They have got a young manager who has done well to recruit some of the signings he has and they are excellent going forward,
“They will be well coached, well disciplined but they are a passing side. Burton like to get the ball down and put it forward into channels nice and early.
“They have got the boy Billy Kee who was sought after until he got a bad injury but he is now fully fit and was outstanding last week so they will come here and be very competitive.”
Last year, Burton finished 17th in the standings but Evans, who expects left-back Laurence Wilson to be passed fit for the League Two opener, reckons Gary Rowett’s side are top-seven material.
He added: “We know Burton could come on Saturday and be the ultimate party-poopers, come and get a couple of goals and shut up shop. We have to force the issue and our supporters have to help us off the pitch. They have been nothing short of oustanding with their vocal backing and we are going to need them.”
Defenders Nicky Hunt and Dale Tonge are the Millers only absentees.