Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans aware of Huddersfield threat

Nahki Wells
Nahki Wells

Nahki Wells doesn’t like Rotherham United and Millers fans don’t like him.

Nahki Wells doesn’t like Rotherham United and Millers fans don’t like him.

The Huddersfield Town striker heads to New York Stadium today for a sold-out Championship clash and will be the number-one target for the home crowd’s boo-boys.

He has a bit of previous with the Rotherham faithful, having used social media in the past to mock them after a defeat.

But Rotherham boss Steve Evans is focusing purely on the football in this afternoon’s Yorkshire derby.

“The one thing that Nahki Wells is is a fantastic goalscorer and someone who has caused a lot of teams trouble,” he said.

“That encouraged Mark Robins (former Town boss) and Dean Hoyle (chairman) to pay £1.8 million for him.

“When somebody pays that amount of money for you it tells you you’ve got talent.”

And Wells isn’t the only player in the Huddersfield ranks who the Millers manager admires.

“One of his most effective signings has been Grant Holt, who leads by example,” he said.

“I like Jacob Butterfield. I think Sean Scannell has a new lease of life under Powell (new Terriers boss Chris).

“He was a name that I was told was perhaps going to be available, but Powell has arrived and, wow, Sean Scannell has became the player we saw a couple of seasons ago in pre-season when he tore us apart for spells.

Veteran striker Holt, once of Sheffield Wednesday, is on loan with Town, and the Millers beat his parent club, Wigan Athletic, at the weekend.

Evans added: “Malky Mackay wrote in his programme notes that Grant will be back being a Wigan player as soon as they can make it happen.”

The Millers are unbeaten in their last four matches, coinciding with Evans’ switch to a new pass-and-move approach, and face a Huddersfield side who have lost their four away games.

The transfer window opens on January 1 and Evans said: “We will make some things happen in January, that’s for sure.”

Right-back Frazer Richardson and centre-half Richard Wood are both back in training, Evans said.