Rotherham United: Boss says Millers will go for it

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Steve Evans had a typically bold message ahead of Rotherham United’s League One Play-off clash with Preston North End tonight.

The Millers manager insisted his side will be sticking with their normal attacking approach and not changing their methods for the first leg at Deepdale.

“We’ve been very successful away from home, we’ve had 14 away wins which is the second best in the club’s history so these players have obviously been doing something right,” said Evans.

“We have gone out to score goals and to win games and that will be our approach now.

“People have said will we park the bus, shut up shop and similar things and, in this situation, it is tempting.

“But we would be asking players who have been here two years, one year and some a few months, to do something that we have not asked them on any other occasion.

“So, would we change or do what we’ve been doing all season? As a management team, we believe in that continuity and not in big, sudden changes and we’ll have a go.

”Players know their jobs and what’s expected of them. I don’t think we’ll start giving them different jobs now.”

Evans acknowledged, however, that they will be required to do some defending and have to do it well.

“Look, we’re not kidding ourselves, it will be a huge task for us to beat Preston and they start favourites,” added Evans.

“It’s a big game and although there are one or two games we haven’t performed in, we have tended to turn up for big games and we have players who will respond in big games.

“Certainly we’ll have to be at our best over the two games. Of course, we want to ensure we are in it coming back to the New York Stadium next Thursday and that could be quite a night.”

He said the fact that people, including plenty in the game, had been writing his side off had spurred them on.

“Let’s be honest, most people thought we’d be fighting relegation not challenging at the other end,” said the Millers boss who side have a sell-out 2,000 fans backing them.

“But the players have been magnificent and they’ll want to go on proving people wrong.

“It’s tough but if we work as hard as we can do then let’s see what we do.”