Rotherham United: Cup Millers out to pick off Cherries

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Boss Steve Evans didn’t hide from the fact the balls hadn’t been kind to Rotherham United when the draw for the FA Cup third round was made.

His team were paired wth AFC Bournemouth, now riding high at the top of the Championship, and the fact that the clash would be at New York Stadium was about the only positive he could find.

“It’s at home,” he said.

“Apart from that, it’s stinking!”

The two teams go head to head tomorrow.

“Bournemouth are a terrific team. Let’s not kid ourselves, there is some huge investment going on there,” Evans added.

“They will be up there in the top five budgets in the league, backed by a billionaire Russian owner.

“But I don’t think Bournemouth will have been looking at their television screens and saying ‘that’s a great draw for us at Rotherham’. A good team will be out of the cup.”

Evans has long been an admirer of Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson who the South Coast club prised from Coventry in the summer for £3 million

Wilson has netted 13 times in 24 games this season.

Meanwhile, former Millers loan striker Matt Tubbs could be about to leave Bournemouth.

The 30-year-old, who scored just once for the Millers in a five-month spell, is out of contract at Goldsands Stadium at the end of the season and is attracting interest after hitting 15 goals while on loan at League Two AFC Wimbledon this campaign.

Cherries manager Eddie Howe said: “Matt has done well at AFC Wimbledon this season and has scored goals.

“He is available and really it will be up to Matt to decide what the next step in his career is. Whether that is a permanent move at this stage, we will have to wait and see.”

Youngsters Mitchell Rose and Nicky Walker have been released by the Millers.