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Gaffer applauds Millers support

22 December 2012

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Steve Evans has applauded the Millers faithful following confirmation that the home ends of the New York Stadium have been SOLD OUT for the big Boxing Day fixture with Port Vale.

Port Vale supporters are reminded that entry to the festive fixture is all ticket and none will be available on the day of the match.

''The Millers supporters are just incredible, they are passionate, caring and have Rotherham in their blood, I cannot think of enough words to praise them high enough,” Evans told

''I left my previous club to join Rotherham United because I believed I could help deliver against the vast potential and expectation that goes with being manager at that this wonderful football club. Days like Boxing Day clearly demonstrate why I was right to take the huge challenge on. Every match is a big game when you have our ambitions and we hope we can do our supporters justice.

Speaking of today's postponement Evans added: ''Obviously we are all disappointed with the match being off today. I really feel for our supporters who had travelled down to the South-West in big numbers and not for the first time in recent weeks they arrived to find the match postponed.

''The match referee made the correct decision as the pitch was clearly unplayable but to be fair to him he confirmed he was consistently told via telephone all morning that the match was not in any danger.

''As the rain continued to lash down I sent two members of my coaching staff to look at the pitch mid-morning, and they telephoned me immediately to confirm the pitch was sodden and had puddles all over it. When the match referee arrived at the stadium it took him no more than a minute or so to postpone the match.

''It is now about time our traveling supporters were taken into consideration, just what has gone on recently is not acceptable. I spoke to my Chairman Tony Stewart earlier today and he was also furious but let us put it behind us and focus on Port Vale on Boxing Day.”

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