ROTHERHAM UNITED: Steve Evans wary of James Beattie danger

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ROTHERHAM United boss Steve Evans has warned his players to keep a close eye on striker James Beattie when they lock horns with Accrington Stanley tonight.

The former Sheffield United and England forward is poised to spearhead Stanley’s attack, having notched two penalties in as many outings, ending a three-year goal drought. It was earlier this month, Beattie, aged 34, became the Lancashire club’s player-coach.

Evans said: “He is a big threat. There were a number of clubs in League One and Two who were keen to sign James in the summer. He has got fantastic pedigree.”

Evans, who will decide on whether to include on-loan midfielder Lee Frecklington and striker Kieran Agard in the travelling party this morning, is refusing to take Stanley for granted.

“They are decent; they gave the league leaders (Gillingham) a right drubbing for the last half hour on Saturday,” he said. “It will be a tough night for us but no more tougher than Exeter was.”