WHILST under no illusions about the size of the task at Meadow Lane tonight, Rotherham United manager Steve Evans believes his side are capable of pulling off an FA Cup surprise against Notts County in tonight’s second round replay.
Evans says the performances in the first game and then against League Two leaders Gillingham on Saturday, are growing evidence the Millers are improving whilst showing how well they can play.
“Look, we know this will be a tough game, we know the quality that Notts County have in their side and, for what it’s worth, I think they’ll be promoted to The Championship at the end of this season,” said Evans.
“But I believe our confidence and belief is growing and what I do know is that the performance on Saturday against a very good side at the top of our league was the best since I’ve been here.
“Can we keep that going? As I say, it will be tough, but I believe that if we can play as well as that, then we can be in the third round. But we need to keep playing like that and keep believing.” The original tie finished 1-1 with Notts stretching their unbeaten away run to 21 with a goalless draw at Yeovil on Saturday. However, they have struggled at times at home.
“We hope we can extend the difficulties Notts have had at times at home and the presusre and expectation is on them. It would be a fantastic achievement.”
Rotherham expect to have Ian Sharps in defence despite breaking his nose on Saturday after an aerial challenge from Deon Burton.
Evans said they have sent the DVD of the Sharps incident to the referee’s department at the Football League... “it will go to the ref’s coach, perhaps to use as an educational tool for the ref,” added Evans. “You don’t want to see this sort of thing in the game.
Notts will former Millers winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce back after suspension and striker Lee Hughes is available again. Central defender Dean Leacock, who didn’t play at Rotherham, was back on Saturday. The winners are away to Aldershot on Jan 5.