Rotherham United: The great entertainers

Steve Evans at Wolves
Steve Evans at Wolves
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Rotherham United enhanced their reputation as the great entertainers of League One at Molineux on Friday. They now just want to win again when they face Port Vale at New York Stadium this afternoon.

The amazing 6-4 defeat at Wolves was one of the games of the season and the Millers have been involved in some amazing finishes.

But, for fluctuating fortunes, this one probably topped the lot.

Now, they would settle for something a little less taxing against the Valiants who have won the last six meetings, including a 2-0 win at Christmas when Rotherham gave one of their poorest away performances.

“That game on Friday was a credit to League One but we are hurting because we played so well in the second half, looked to have got something and ended up losing,” said Millers manager Steve Evans who walked away when it was mentioned that his side have gone three matches without a win.

“We have played the best side in the division and, for half an hour, we absolutely battered them. The Wolves people told us that, over the two games, no-one has done what we’ve done to them.

“We saw some outstanding football in that game, some top-quality finishing and you saw an outstanding Rotherham United in that second half. Look what we have done to the second best defence in the country.

“We scored three at our ground (it ended 3-3) and four at theirs. No other team has scored more than two and they’ve not conceded two very often at all.”

Only Chelsea have a better defensive record than Wolves in English football.

Evans added: “In the end, it wasn’t enough.

“Still, I’d rather watch us go for it and play like that than a team that puts 11 men behind the ball.

“We are preparing for the play-offs and we can take that form into today’s game against a side we know will be strong.”

Evans made changes at Molineux including putting Ben Pringle on the bench and playing Nicky Adams on the left.

He is likely to make the odd change again today and will not want to risk key midfield man Lee Frecklington, out for the last three games, unless he is fully convinced he is okay.

Port Vale will be without ex-Millers striker Tom Pope who has damaged ankle ligaments and is expected to miss the final games.