Scott has Millers braced for hot cup reception

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ROTHERHAM United manager Andy Scott has offered up a taste of what his players can expect when they get to Barrow today for their tricky first round tie in the FA Cup.

“It’s a big day for Barrow, their players will be up for it, will raise their game and so will the fans,” said Scott who lost there with Brentford in 2008 while his assistant, Darren Patterson, lost there when managing Oxford United the following season.

“There’ll be club colours, blue and white balloons, flags, painted faces and everyone expecting a cup upset,” added Scott.

“You’ll have had a long journey, the dressing rooms are small and then you have the crowd tight to the pitch and they’ll be making a lot of noise getting behind their side.

“We will have to be mentally strong and it’s going to be a battle at the start. It’ll be competitive and 100 miles and hour. There’s no point dressing it up to be any different because it won’t be.

“Our lads will have been informed about what to expect and won’t be under any illusions.”

Barrow skipper Phil Bolland says the home crowd - with a season’s best expected - can play a big part.

“It can be quite intimidating for opponents when our supporters get behind us and they can create quite an atmosphere,” he said.

Barrow average around 1,300 in the Blue Square Bet Premier but they expect over 3,000 today.

Rotherham supporters are able to pay on the day but for standing only. Seat tickets have gone.

The teams have met once in the FA Cup when Rotherham won a first round tie 3-1 at Millmoor in 1988. The last league visit to Holker Street was in 1969, a 2-1 Millers win.