ROTHERHAM UNITED: Steve Evans backing Millers players

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MILLERS manager Steve Evans has confidence in his players and feels that a clean bill of health for the squad would be a big asset.

He feels that injuries have undermined the club’s promotion bid but that a revival will be on the way.

“At present we are suffering with a crippling injury list, but when we come through this period we will be in contention, that part I do know,” he said.

“I am a proud manager and I stand before my teams, good or bad.

“We have got good players here, and terrific and loyal supporters who deserve better, but over the season they will get the prize they want.”

Many players are working twice a day. Evans explained: “Those that need some match time will play in a training ground game at some stage and the others will be working on our shape and patterns of play twice a day.”

The Millers host Cheltenham on Saturday and Town striker Chris Zebroski is looking to add to his goal tally, which was increased to four after his winner against Burton last Saturday, and is targeting automatic promotion for his team.

“I think it’s quite open in this league and I have been with some good teams at this level before, but I look at our squad and I know we have the players for it,” Zebroski said. “If we can keep everyone fit, then we can get promoted this year definitely.”

“I have been quite unlucky so far, hitting the bar and post few times, but as long as I’m creating chances I am confident I can put the ball in the back of the net.”

The Millers’ reserve game at Bradford today is off because for the Bantams it would have been too close to their FA Cup replay against Northampton scheduled for last night.

While the Millers aim for success on Saturday, New York Stadium officials can reflect on a big hit when the club hosted a hugely popular two-day beer festival in conjunction with Rotherham CAMRA.