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1 October 2014

Essential reading on this weekend's opponents


Nickname: The Millers
Manager: Steve Evans
2013/14: 4th (League One)
Ground: New York Stadium
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 149 miles (3 hours 6 minutes)

Sky Bet Championship newcomers Rotherham United got their season back on track on Tuesday night with an impressive 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers at the New York Stadium.

Goals from Kari Arnason and Luciano Becchio – on loan from the Canaries – ended a run of five league matches without a win for Steve Evans’ side.

It placed them 17th in the table at the close of play, a respectable position at the ten-game mark for a promoted side.

"We are still adjusting to a fantastic league, we have beaten the former Premier League champions, it matches any good result we have ever had here,” said Evans after the match.

The Millers’ star has been on a sharp rise in recent years, and they landed in the English football’s second tier in the summer after consecutive promotions.

13 new players came through the door during the transfer window, with them helping Rotherham to three wins, two draws and five defeats so far this season.

Of their current squad, only Becchio – who is ineligible for Saturday’s game – has played for Norwich City, but they do have former Academy scholar Richard Brindley in their ranks.

Steve Evans’ Crawley Town were sitting high in fourth place in League Two when he left to take over Rotherham United in April 2012.

At the time, the Millers were six places lower in the division but in the two-and-a-half years since his move has been entirely justified.

After guiding them to automatic promotion in his first full campaign at the helm, United were one of the surprise packages in League One last season, with a 16-game unbeaten run in the early part of 2014 earning them a spot in the Play-Offs.

They defeated Leyton Orient on penalties in the final, pushing Evans to his highest level in his 20 years of management.

After four years at Stamford between 1994 and 1998, the 51-year-old guided Boston United into the Football League but was later suspended, and resigned, after his part in a ‘contract irregularities’ issue involving players’ deals.

He returned to the club in 2004 but it was at Crawley Town that he cemented his reputation for success, guiding them into the Football League in 2011.

Born in Glasgow, Evans had a playing career that curtailed by injury, during which time he featured for five Scottish league clubs including Clyde and Albion Rovers.


Goalkeepers: Scott Loach, Adam Collin.

Defenders: Richard Brindley, Joe Skarz, Kari Arnason, Kirk Broadfoot, Richard Wood, Mark Bradley, Frazer Richardson, Mat Sadler, Craig Morgan (c).

Midfielders: Ryan Hall, Lee Frecklington, Paul Green, Robert Milsom, Conor Newton, Ben Pringle, Michael Tidser, Febian Brandy, John Swift, Anthony Wordsworth, Richard Smallwood.

Forwards: Alex Revell, Jordan Bowery, Luciano Becchio, Paul Taylor, Matt Derbyshire, Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Rotherham United - Carrow Road - Saturday October 4, 3pm

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