ROTHERHAM UNITED: Thank Evans for prayers answered

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IT SEEMS the prayers were answered for both Gareth Evans and his manager Steve Evans at the weekend.

Gareth got his wish to play against former club Bradford City and boss Steve got the sort of response he expected with two goals and a top drawer performance.

Of course, the wide man might not have been playing at all had Rotherham accepted a bid from a Championship club late last week.

“I spoke with the chairman about the offer and as he leaves the team to me, then he supported me and so we turned it down,” said the Millers boss.

“I’ve got real confidence in Gareth Evans and when he’s at it, he’s a proper handful. He’s fit but not sharp yet so there’s more to come.

“For 20 minutes at Chesterfield, he was unplayable. I knew he’d have a big part to play against Bradford and I believe that when you are up against your old club, and you’ve had a difficult time (there), then you have a little edge to your game.

“He probably was lying in bed praying he’d play. The lad wears his heart on his sleeve and the whole bench was delighted for him when he scored.”

Evans the player admitted that he was hoping he’d be in the side against his former club.

“I’d had a difficult final season there, got injured last season in the opening minutes of our game at Bradford when I was singled out, and I was keen to start and it was even better to score,” he said.

“To say we’re all buzzing after Saturday’s win is an understatement but I think that performance and the win was coming.

“We need to take it into the York game now.”

Manager Evans is likely to make a few changes with Andy Warrington, Johnny Mullins, Jason Taylor, Alex Revell. Lionel Ainsworth and Kieran Agard all likely to be in the frame for a start.

New defender Craig Morgan, formerly at Preston and signed yesterday, is set to be in the squad as there is no other defender. Kari Arnason is away on international duty with Iceland.

Ian Sharps played on Saturday with strapping protecting a broken bone in his hand.

York, who ended Oxford’s unbeaten run on Saturday, gave a debut to experienced defender Clarke Carlisle, the eloquent PFA chairman who was at Northampton late last season.

If the tie is level at 90 minutes then it goes straight to penalties.

Rotherham have reduced admission to £12 (£6 concessions).

Kick off is 7.30pm.