Rotherham United: Plenty of options for Millers boss Steve Evans for Norwich City clash

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Rotherham United may be missing striker Luciano Becchio, but boss Steve Evans has a host of attacking options for today’s clash at Championship leaders Norwich City.

Loan hitman Becchio won’t play against his parent club this afternoon, leaving the Millers manager to decde who joins likely starter Alex Revell up front.

“We’ve got different options, whether or not we decide to go with the same system we deployed against Blackburn in midweek,” Evans said.

Revell and Becchio were instrumental figures Rotherham’s 2-0 home win over Rovers, but Evans could opt to switch from a 4-4-2 formation to 4-5-1 for the Carrow Road clash.

He added: “Strikers through the season will find their place in the team. We’ve tried different options.

“We took the view that Alex Revell and Luciano Becchio together could cause Blackburn problems, and they did. Their understanding of each other while they were together was as good in the first minute as it was in the last.

“They were reading each other’s flick-ons and they put a real shift in for the team.

“If our strikers play like that every week in the Championship, the least they give us is they make sure the opposition have a tough game.

“We’ve got Jonson Clarke-Harris who’s showing every day in training now that he’s ready. He’s probably over-ready.

“Jordan Bowery has done nothing wrong when he’s played. Matt Derbyshire’s last starting game was at Bolton and we were in front when he was on the pitch.

“We have to put a team out to face a team I think will be champions.”

The Millers head into a two-week international break after today’s match, with Evans looking to allow some players to leave on loan.

“We’ve made it clear we’ve got some players returning from injury, the likes of Rob Milsom and Mark Bradley, who may need to go and get some game-time,” he said.

“The two-week international break comes at a good time for us. It lets Mark and Rob get very close to first-team returns. It will let Richard Wood get very close or actually there.”

Rotherham will look to hold Norwich before imposing themselves on the league leaders.

“In most of the matches we’ve taken the approach that if we’re in the game at the hour mark then it’s game on,” Evans said. “Eddie Howe (Bournemouthboss) came out and said Rotherham are organised and meticulous, they’re very fit and they have such an inner desire.

“The pressure will be on Norwich. They’re top of the league. 27/28,000 supporters. Fantastic support. But even in the DVD against Charlton after 60 minutes the frustration was evident in the seats.

Norwich are financed by TV cook Delia Smith, and Evans quipped: “If I get my way, I’ll steal a couple of Delia’s recipes. Then I can have a nice Sunday lunch.”