Rotherham United: Millers urged to reward fans

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ROTHERHAM United manager Steve Evans hopes his side will produce a performance deserving of the support they will get at York City today.

The Millers quickly sold out their allocation, asked for more, and the further 400 tickets were snapped up too, meaning they will have a following of 1,600 at Bootham Crescent this afternoon.

“It’s great that we’ve sold out and I’m told we could have done a lot more such was the demand,” said Evans.

“It gives everyone such a lift when they see the level of support we are getting.

“At home it’s been tremendous. I was told that Rotherham United had an excellent away following for this level and that has certainly been the case.

“We had the local derby at Chesterfield when they helped create a fantastic atmosphere and I’m sure it will be the same tomorrow,” added the Millers boss.

“We have to make sure the performance is deserving of the support we will get at York. Over the season I am certain we will do.

“What we want today is those fans to be getting on the coaches and back in their cars feeling happy with what they’ve seen.”

Bootham Crescent hasn’t been a particularly lucky ground for Rotherham over the years.

In the last 13 league games there between the clubs, Rotherham have won only once, back in 1987.

York, promoted back into the Football League last season, beat the Millers 1-0 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in September at the New York Stadium.

Next Wednesday’s reserve t game at home to Tranmere has been called off.

Former Millers striker Carl Gilbert is hoping some of his former colleagues will catch up with him when he travels from Kent to speak at the Rotherham United Nostalgia Society meeting next Thursday at the Green Dragon, Kimberworth (8.30pm).

Gilbert, who played in the early 1970s, is travelling up from Folkestone for the meeting and is also to be a guest at next Saturday’s home game with Southend United.

The society have put out a call to former teammates ... “It’s great Carl is coming all this way to speak to us and he says he’d love to see some of his old teammates. Some have already been in touch,” said society organiser Danny Brailsford.

Meanwhile, Johnny Mullins has joined Oxford United on a 93-day loan, subject to passing a medical. The defender has slipped down the pecking order in recent weeks, with Evans preferring Ian Sharps and Craig Morgan as his centre-back pairing. Mullins last featured in the 6-2 thrashing at Port Vale.