THE visit of League Two leaders Gillingham will see the New York Stadium and the Rotherham United fans at their best, reckons Millers boss Steve Evans. He expects his team to follow suit.
“It doesn’t get better than having the league leaders at your ground and that’s what we’ve got tomorrow,” said Evans.
“This is the sort of game that whets the appetite and I think it will be a fantastic match.
“Our new stadium is the perfect setting for it and with the way our fans are supporting us, then we can expect terrific backing and they’ll make it a great atmosphere.
“There is no doubt that they have played their part so far this season but they have a big part to play as we strive for success from now in. They can make a difference.
“It’s important they come, forget any other issues, and get behind the team because that helps get the most out of the players. I think they’ll be on top form.”
Evans said his players knew what to expect because Gillingham were in top spot.
“I tipped Gillingham pre-season to be up there and Martin Allen has some real talent there,” he added.
“You only have to look at their away record to show what sort of a test they’ll be,” Evans said alluding to the Gills’ away record of just one defeat (at Torquay) along with six wins and a draw.
Evans had hinted earlier in the week that he might contemplate changes.
However, he was giving nothing away yesterday. Liam Ridehalgh, who wasn’t allowed to play in the cup-tie with Notts County, is set to return at left back.
Evans said he had a few of the injured players getting closer to playing again.... “we’re seeing some light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.
Kari Arnason could be back in contention for a place in the squad after his shoulder injury.
“We’ll confirm one or two things after the final workout, whether Kari has done enough to be in the squad we will have to wait until after Friday’s work.”
Meanwhile Alex Revell, who had arguably his best game of the season last Saturday iun the Notts County cup-tie, seeks to end his goal drought having gone ten games since his last goal.
The club have had the pitch covered and envisage no problems at all despite the plunging temperatures.
They also report a good ticket take-up and expect another decent crowd.