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Evans looking for 'normal performance'

15 May 2014

Gaffer hoping to play game not occasion...

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans is hoping for a ‘normal’ performance from his side tonight as they look to book a place in the League One Play-Off final at Wembley. 

Evans, who has preached a philosophy of normality ahead of the two fixtures is once again hoping that his side play the game not the occasion, allowing them to put in the kind of performance which saw them finish fourth in the regular season.

“We play one way which is trying to attack, move defences around and score goals. We’ll have a go but we also have to play sensibly and we’ll have a word with the boys about game management but to be fair they’ve delivered most of the season so hopefully it will just be a normal Millers performance.

“It’s such an evenly matched cup tie and it will come down to fine lines and fine margins but whatever the outcome if they give me all the effort that they have in the other games this season then I can look them in the eye and shake the hands of every one of them.”

Preston, who like the Millers have enjoyed a good record on the road this season could have Neil Kilkenny to call upon after he missed the first leg, but the Millers boss isn’t concerning himself with the opposition, despite acknowledging their strengths both on and off the field.

“I don’t try and predict the teams. They’ve got several strikers, an array of talent to chose from so they’ll have options but as I said previously they can only play 11 players. Whatever team he picks they’ll be a class act because they’re class players. They’ll have over 1,000 fans here and they’ll make noise because they’re terrific supporters. I’m not building them up to something they’re not, but they made a great noise at Deepdale and they’ll do the same again.”

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