Rotherham United manager Steve Evans talks to www.themillers.co.uk...
Manager Steve Evans has issued a rallying call to fans ahead of the clash with Sky Bet League one promotion pace-setters Leyton Orient.
Evans leads his side into the eagerly anticipated encounter off the back of the mid-week victory at Tranmere Rovers, their fourth game unbeaten, whilst Russell Slade’s Orient have won their last four games.
Evans is expecting a tough examination of the Millers promotion credentials, and called on the supporters to once again be the twelfth man.
“I watched the DVD of Leyton Orient’s 2-0 victory over Coventry City where they continued their recent good form,” the manager told www.themillers.co.uk
“Our objective for January has been met in that our aim was to be in the play-off pack by the start of February. Whilst we have achieved that aim it will mean little or nothing if we cannot have a positive February. Our task is to still be in the pack when March comes around which is important but we are a long way from that at this stage.
“The supporters have been incredible since I first joined the Millers and on certain occasions I feel the urge to come forward and ask them to play a bigger part and Saturday is one of those occasions.”
Evans holds Saturday’s visitors in high regard and is under no illusion on how tough the task will be.
“Russell has built a quality side over the last three seasons along with the support from his Chairman Barry Hearn,” added Evans.
“Both men will be keen to ensure that this is the season that delivers Championship football but these are the teams we must compete with if we are to succeed.
“It was always certain that there was going to be a big crowd for the match on Saturday but I’m asking the community of Rotherham to come out in big numbers, and ensure we give our players a tremendous atmosphere to play in.
“In my time here our fans played a huge part in our success and we need that journey to continue, but for that to do so we need the help of our very valuable support.”
Tickets for the game are still on sale now at New York Stadium with current figures indicating a big crowd for Saturday’s fixture.