MILLERS: Evans considers experimenting as Millers face tricky away test

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MANAGER Steve Evans probably has an idea what his starting line-up is going to be come next week’s first competitive fixture but he is still aiming to look at one or two things.

He takes the team to Mansfield Town tomorrow, their first real away test, and may not be averse to looking at different combinations of players or individuals operating in a slightly different role simply to see how they adapt.

In midweek, at Stocksbridge, Kieran Agard played mainly on the left in the second half. He played down the middle in the first half.

Whether Michael O’Connor figures tomorrow will depend on his recovery from what seemed a slight groin injury suffered 15 minutes from time at Stocksbridge.

After a burst of action in the centre circle, when he chased, changed direction and chased again, he stopped and began to feel his groin.He continued a little gingerly and then came off a few minutes later.

O’Connor’s start with the Millers had been delayed by a groin strain. He didn’t appear until the third game at New York against Hearts. He played 45 minutes and then the final 10 minutes of the Sheffield United game before the outing at Stocksbridge when it seemed he was scheduled to play the full 90.

There could be another outing for on-trial right back Javan Vidal who played at Stocksbridge.

Rotherham’s last visit to Field Mill at the end of April 2008 was a harrowing one for Mansfield as the 1-0 defeat (courtesy of a freak goal by youngster Jamie Yates) virtually ensured their relegation from the league into the Conference, now Blue Square Premier.

They were in the play-offs last season but lost in the semi-finals to York.

They have beaten teams sent by Derby and Forest in pre-season.

Next Tuesday, Rotherham send a side to Stamford, a club where Evans cut his managerial teeth in 1994.