After several hundred unwanted visitors at AESSEAL New York Stadium last weekend, next up is one who Rotherham fans will be delighted to see.
Alex Revell is back in town.
Three days after Millwall fans brought shame on themselves with a violent rampage at the home of the Millers, the big striker returns to the club where he will always be a hero.
The striker who helped Rotherham to back-to-back promotions and scored that wonder-goal in the League One Play-off Final at Wembley now plays for tonight’s opponents, Cardiff City, and he arrives to this message from Millers manager Steve Evans:
“We’ll shake his hand before, and I want him to get the best reception anyone can coming back here.
“But the minute we give him the reception, then park it ... let’s not be giving a reception if he’s playing.
“Let’s be giving him what opposition should get. He’ll want to score, he’ll want to get three points, he’ll want to play well. That’s what professional players do.”
The Millers, six points clear of the Championship drop zone, after their 2-1 win over Ian Holloway’s side, face Revell for the first time since his January switch to Wales.
But the 6ft 3in forward hasn’t been a regular starter and may have to settle for a place on the bench as Bluebirds boss Russell Slade opts for former Premier League player Kenwyne Jones as his targetman.
Evans said: “I said to Alex when he went to Cardiff: ‘The biggest challenge you will have will be to get into their team’.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Kenwyne Jones. I think he’ll probably finish the season on around 20 goals. He’s a similar type of player to Alex, so that was always the danger.
“Rotherham don’t have a Kenwyne Jones for obvious reasons. So from that point of view, I’m not overly surprised Alex hasn’t been starting.
“Alex Revell needs to be playing football. He used to almost cry in my office if he didn’t have a training session or if he was injured. It means so much to the big man. I love him. But I can’t pick the Cardiff team.”
Cardiff were a top-flight side last season but, despite receiving millions of pounds in parachute payments, are in 15th place in the second tier.
Revell felt the time was right to leave Rotherham and Cardiff were able to offer him a better deal.
“We have to move on, don’t we?” said Evans. “The club has a business side as well as a football side on the pitch. The business side was to sell Alex. It wasn’t a football decision.
“It’s also a business decision for Alex, when he sits there and sees the difference it makes to his life with the offer he had from Cardiff.
“If we had turned the offer down, what Alex are we left with? Someone who is looking over his shoulder at what might have been financially for him. We look forward to seeing him.”
Millers goalkeeper Scott Loach has joined League One Yeovil on a month’s loan.