ROTHERHAM United and their followers have been warned that anyone taking tomorrow’s home game with Barnet for granted does so at their peril.
Millers manager Steve Evans said the North London club are one of the most improved teams in League Two just recently and has a few results to back up that belief.
“Nobody could win at Gillingham yet Barnet went there on Boxing Day and beat them,” said Evans.
“They got a good point at Exeter and, last Saturday, saw off Bradford City. It was 2-0 but could have been four or five. So, we have to be on our toes; at our best.”
Evans cites the Edgar Davids effect. The one-time Ajax star, who was a key figure on the great European stages for many years, has just taken charge at Barnet having spent a spell as player-coach. “What a tremendous player he was who had a fantastic career. They tell me he’s injured but I reckon he could play on one leg at this level,” said Evans. “He has got them organised and efficient. Previously they were rather attack-minded and left gaps.
“Well, I expect 4-5-1 tomorrow and our reports say they have heart and spirit. They will come to make it difficult.”
The teams drew 0-0 at Underhill in September.
“We have got into that top three and the aim is to stay there,” said Evans. “I think there’ll be some sorting out in January and February and if there are eight teams in there now (for automatic) it could be down to six.
“It’s about us showing tenacity and the right attitude.”
Evans has suggested he will make changes. New winger Dan Kearns is in the frame after his loan move from Peterborough.
There could also be a starting bid from Adam Morgan after getting for the second half at Aldershot when he was sent on for Daniel Nardiello.
Liam Ridehalgh looks set to return after being ineligible last Saturday. The left back has extended his loan to the end of the season.
Courtney Cameron, whose initial loan runs out after the game at Oxford next Saturday, is to stay for a further month. Kari Arnason sits the game out due to a one match ban. Ian Sharps will return.