IT has been a week of warnings around the Rotherham United camp in the build-up to this afternoon’s big clash with Aldershot at the New York Stadium.
Being at home to the bottom of the table and needing, quite probably, a draw to secure promotion, looks like the sort of game you’d hope for but manager Steve Evans has stressed the job still needs to be done and there will be no complacency.
“I seem to have issued more warnings this week than Michael Fish the weather man,” chuckled the Millers boss.
“People expect but there have been expectations all season on this football club and now we want to deliver. There’ll be no complacency because we all know the prize.
“I’ve always said that is is important it came down to being in our own hands and I always wanted it to be about what we did.”
Evans pointed out that Aldershot have a good recent away record - losing only twice in their last ten games.
“They are relegated, or as good as, but they’ll come to have a go,” he said of the side managed by Andy Scott, the man he succeeded as Rotherham boss.
The sub-plot is that Scott will have his team fired up and would love to spike Rotherham’s promotion prospects. A draw would be enough for Rotherham provided Cheltenham don’t beat Bradford by seven clear goals... “I expect Cheltenham to win that one,” Evans predicted not least because Bradford will field a much weakened side, “but you would wonder about the integrity of the game if it was a scoreline of seven or eight.”
“There are experienced lads here and they know what it’s all about and we are determined,” said skipper Johnny Mullins.
Rotherham, who are utilising the South Stand for their fans too, released a batch of tickets yesterday which were unsold by Aldershot who should have around 300 in the full house crowd.