Evans flags up judgement day

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STEVE Evans reckons this afternoon’s clash with League Two leaders Gillingham at the New York Stadium will serve as a benchmark for his Rotherham United side.

“Is there a good time to play the league leaders?,” asked the Millers boss.

“Well, every week if you’re not the league leader yourself and then you can see how near you are to them.

“If you have serious ambitions about being at the top yourself, about getting promotion, then when you play the top team, then that’s the benchmark.

“So, we’ll be able to judge ourselves.

“What’s more, I 100 per cent think that Gillingham will be in League One next season, I’m convinced of it. So, this will be a real test for us.”

However, Evans reckoned his side is still “two or three players” away from being at their best.

“I’m encouraged by the fact some of our injured players are on the way back,” he said.

A decision on the availability of Kari Arnason and Scott Shearer would only be taken after yesterday’s training and assuming there is no reaction.

Gillingham, who will include ex-Millers striker Deon Burton, arrive with a seven point advantage over the Millers.

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