Rotherham United: No 2 relishes Millers challenge

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IT IS not very often the bookmakers get it wrong.

Before the start of the 2012/13 season, they installed Rotherham United as one of the favourites to go up.

But there are big question marks hanging over their League Two promotion credentials following recent defeats to Gillingham, Port Vale and Barnet. The team were booed off at half-time and at the final whistle in their loss to Barnet last weekend.

Nonetheless, assistant manager Paul Raynor is confident the side can cope with the weight of expectation at the New York Stadium.

“There is an expectancy and that’s why we came to the club,” he said. “People expect us to be successful and we want to be.

“We are not surprised by the negativity. People are desperate for us to get promotion and so we are. We have to take these little blips on the chin and comeback stronger. Most of the time we have done that.

“The quicker we can get on a good run of form again the better.”

Rotherham’s League Two fixture at Oxford United, scheduled for 3pm this afternoon, could be postponed. With heavy snow forecasted, the U’s will hold a pitch inspection at 10am today.

Evans, meanwhile, has allowed Ian Sharps to join Burton Albion on loan for the remainder of the campaign, with a view to a permanent switch. The vastly experienced defender has played 27 times in all competitions this term but has lost place in the side in recent weeks due to the form of Kari Arnason and Johnny Mullins.

Evans has revealed Burton have inquired about Sharps on a “couple of occasions”.

Ben Pringle has extended his contract, a deal which will keep the midfielder at Rotherham until 2015.