Millers boss backs big-game players

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Rotherham’s trip to Gillingham represents the sort of game the Millers players will relish.

That’s the view of boss Steve Evans as his side prepare to do battle with the side who are not simply awaiting promotion but champions-in-waiting.

“We’ve players who can not only handle a game like this but will enjoy it,” he said.

“There will be two teams out there with players who should not be in League Two because they are more than good enough to be in League One. That’s where Gillingham will be next season and we want to be with them.

“They are going to have a big crowd, probably the best of the season and close to a full house and, the way they really get behind them, it is going to be a great atmosphere.

“And I think that will suit our players, not faze them. We’ve had some real noisy afternoons at New York Stadium and I think a lot of our players will rather enjoy the sort of atmosphere and the sort of challenge there will be.”

He added: “We know this will be as tough a test as we’ve faced but we played really well against them at our place and they acknowledged themselves that they were fortunate to get the win.

“But that’s what teams at the top often do and Gillingham, according to Martin Allen (the manager), have done that a few teams away from home this season.

“We do note that they have lost half a dozen at home, which shows they are by no means invincible there, but there’s no doubt this is a good team with a good manager and it will be a real big test.”

“The teams are in the home straight now. We had a couple falling at fences on Saturday which kind of pleased us. But it is up to us to make the most of it.”

Rotherham’s last win at the Priestfield Stadium was in 1988 (they were relegated that season) and they have been 11 times since and not won.