Rotherham United: Win for Millers fans says boss

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No Rotherham United follower under the age of 40 had seen what they saw the other night. A home win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Yes, they have seen their favourites win at Hillsborough - the Millers have triumphed there on their last four visits - but this was the first home win against the Owls for 37 years and at the tenth attempt since that last one in 1976.

To a certain extent it is why manager Steve Evans said the 2-1 success was “one for the fans”.

He added: “If I’d a pound for every time, since the draw came out, someone has said: ‘Make sure you beat Wednesday’ then I’d be a rich man.

“Well, we’ve beaten a great club with a manager I have the utmost respect for. It was a fantastic result, a fantastic night, an epic cup tie and what an atmosphere.

“It was one for the fans but also for our chairman, Tony Stewart, who has spent tens of millions and occasions like that with his stadium full, are exactly what he worked towards when he set his plans in motion. It’s a special place when it’s like Tuesday night and we’ve had a few full houses already.”

The attendance of 11,433 was eight short of the record set on the opening day of last season.

“Look, it was very special,” added Evans. “This club has lived in the shadow of others but we are turning things around, we’re going forward and our ambition is one day to be where Wednesday are right now and that’s in The Championship.”

Evans said he believed his side could win the game and knew the shock was on when Wednesday were reduced to ten men with 12 minutes left.

He also revealed how he stressed the importance of the rivalry to his players... “I spoke to individuals asking them what was the derby that meant most to them in their country or when they were growing up and they got the idea,” he said.

The draw (still seeded) for the second round of the Capital One Cup is 12.30 today. The next round is on the week beginning August 26.

On Saturday, Rotherham entertain Preston who ko’d Championship Blackpool.