Rotherham United: Millers boss cool over his return

Rotherham United goalkeeper Scott Shearer
Rotherham United goalkeeper Scott Shearer
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It’s just another game. It’s just another three points to go for.

That was the Steve Evans’ view of his his return to Crawley Town tomorrow with Rotherham United, insisting he puts sentiment aside and that it should mean nothing other than a job to be done on a Saturday afternoon.

The Millers manager did confess, however, that his time at Crawley will always remain “in my heart” and he’ll never forget his time there.

“How could I forget with the promotions, record-breaking seasons, twice getting to the fifth round of the FA Cup, one of them at Old Trafford and working with some really good people there who I still speak to socially,” said Evans.

“But going back there means only one thing - we want to get three points. That has to be our focus and nothing else.

“It may be that people at Crawley want to put one over on me and that’s understandable. There are still two or three players there from when I was there and they might have an extra edge.

“But Richie Barker is putting his own stamp on things there and I spoke to Ronnie Moore whose Tranmere side drew at home to Crawley and he said they were excellent, really went for it.

Evans says he has spoken to Kari Arnason and Michael O’Connor who have been away with Iceland and Northern Ireland respectively, they are fine they will report back in this morning.

It will mean a return to Crawley too for goalkeeper Scott Shearer, striker Matt Tubbs and defender Claude Davis - the big Jamaican having been on the bench the last two games.

Daniel Nardiello has resumed training this week and a full stint will have him in contention for the squad. Michael Tidser will be ok after turning his ankle in the reserves’ 3-0 win on Monday.