Rotherham United: We have no fear of Championship, says Evans

Steve Evans lifts the League One Play Off trophy with retiring physio Denis Circuit (left)
Steve Evans lifts the League One Play Off trophy with retiring physio Denis Circuit (left)
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Triumphant Rotherham United manager Steve Evans said the Millers won’t be frightened of going into The Championship.

“We certainly respect it, we’ll embrace it and we’re going there to compete in it and not be overawed or frightened by it,” said the Rotherham boss after their dramatic League One Play-off Final triumph over Leyton Orient at Wembley yesterday.

“This is a wonderful day for the football club, for the town and for our chairman Tony Stewart who has done so much and he deserves this,” said Evans after the dramatic 4-3 penalty shoot-out success following a thrilling 2-2 draw after extra-time.

“We’ve had the doubters all season and even right to the end because I suppose we were being written off at half-time.

“It was probably the hardest half-time talk of the lot but there was no shouting, just reminding them as a collective with a few words for individuals.

“Did I doubt they would respond? No. This is a special group. They were tireless out there and they gave absolutely everything.

That’s what this group of players has done all season.”

As for the penalties, Evans said they had the players sorted beforehand but it depended on injuries and Alex Revell - who got two goals against his former club and was named Man of the Match - had been down to take one.

“I was confident Adam Collin would save at least one and it was an unforgettable moment when he won it for us,” said Evans.

The team is to have a parade and celebration in All Saints Square on Tuesday with full details due to be announced today.