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Evans predicts tough test at Deepdale

25 February 2014

Steve Evans praises Preston North End quality...

Rotherham United Manager Steve Evans understands the tough task that lies ahead of his team tonight as they face Preston North End at Deepdale for the first time since 2004.

The two sides faced off in the Millers' first home game back in League One in August when they played out a 0-0 draw, but this will be the first encounter at Deepdale since the 2-0 victory which featured Claude Davis in the Lillywhites lineup. The Millers go into the game on the back of four straight wins, and unbeaten in seven whilst opponents Preston sit one place above them in fourth with only one defeat in 10. 

“Some members of the press reminded me that I’d said after our game at New York Stadium that if we were next to them in the table when we played again then we’d be having a successful season,” Steve Evans told Millers Player.

“What they’ve got is a good manager with a great track record, proven at getting teams promoted from League One. I understand that he’s meticulous in his work, a great coach, he works hard watching games and in Glynn Snodin he has a number two who is very capable.”

Craig Davies has recently joined the Lancashire outfit, to complement namesake Kevin in the North End frontline, and with Joe Garner on 17 goals at present there’s plenty of firepower for the Millers to defend against today. 

“They’ve got an excellent squad of players, they’re in good form and in the words of Paul Raynor they’re a great football club with fantastic fans,” Evans added. “They’ve got an array of talent which means they can mix it up going direct or into feet. Is there anyone better at winning headers in the box than big Kevin Davies in League One? I don’t think there is. Craig Davies will always be a threat and then I saw Beavon come on at MK Dons and cause all kind of problems too.”

You can watch a full interview with the gaffer, here.

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