steve Evans sounded the cry “We’re ready to go” as Rotherham United prepared for a first ever visit to the KC Stadium to attempt a shock win over Championship club Hull City in the newly-sponsored Capital One Cup.
When it comes to shocks, the Millers manager has ‘form’ at the KC Stadium having seen his Crawley Town team win 1-0 there in the FA Cup last season.
“They’re two divisions above us and it’s a tough first game for us but we are all looking forward to it and ready to go,” said Evans.
And he reckoned that the pre-season Rotherham have had will help them tomorrow.
“It’s been more of a competitive pre-season in a way because we were playing games at the New York Stadium, we wanted to do well, our fans did and we were playing three of our South Yorkshire neighbours. And Hearts came and they didn’t play it like a friendly.
“So, I think that those games have served a useful purpose and have definitely helped us.”
League Two remains Rotherham’s priority but Evans reckons tomorrow is an ideal opportunity to look at the players competitively before the league fixtures start.
“Yes, we all want to progress and we all know what we managers will be saying - if we go through then great but if we don’t then we can concentrate on the league,” he chuckled.
Evans watched Hull draw 0-0 in midweek with Norwich City in what was Steve Bruce’s first home game in charge of the Tigers.
*This will be the 148th different ground Rotherham have played on competitively since the end of World War Two and No.155 since the club became ‘United’ in 1925.
When the teams met at Hull’s old Boothferry Park ground on Christmas Day 1948, the attendance of 49,655 remains the biggest ever for a league game in the bottom two divisions. They were both then in the old Third Division North at a time when the other division was Third Division South.