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ROTHERHAM v CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

24 August 2015

Steve Evans: "Alex Neil is a great guy"

ROTHERHAM UNITED
 
Nickname: The Millers
Manager: Steve Evans
2014-15: 21st (Sky Bet Championship)
Ground: New York Stadium
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 149 miles (3 hours 6 minutes)

EVANS ON CITY
Steve Evans has lauded the work of City boss Alex Neil in the lead-up to Tuesday's Capital One Cup game.

The pair became acquainted after studying on their UEFA Pro Licence course together this year, and Evans believes Neil deserves huge credit for his achievements at Carrow Road.

"He has made a huge difference to Norwich City. He's a great guy, and I am full of admiration for him as a manager and for the job he has done," he said on Monday.


"For 20 minutes at our place last season, until they had a man sent off, I thought Norwich must had 16 players on the pitch. Alex improved them when he went there."

Evans has admitted that he is likely to make changes for the match at the New York Stadium, with doubts over the fitness of full-back Joe Mattock and midfielder Richard Smallwood.

STAR PLAYER
Joe Newell joined Rotherham from Peterborough United in the week leading up to the season.

A left-midfielder who can also played in defence, Newell has started each of the Millers' five matches in league and cup so far and has impressed onlookers at his new club.


The Tamworth-born 22-year-old came through the Academy ranks at Birmingham City before moving to Peterborough United in 2009.

After making his professional debut in 2011, he went on to play 109 times for Posh, winning their Player of the Season award at the end of last season.

LAST TIME OUT
Rotherham were beaten 4-2 by Queens Park Rangers in their Sky Bet Championship meeting at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Tjaronn Chery's goals either side of half-time gave the hosts a two-goal cushion that put them in command against the Millers.


Charlie Austin's 63rd-minute strike looked to have sealed the game, but goals from Jonson Clarke-Harris and Tom Thorpe revived Rotherham's hopes.

The concession of a stoppage time penalty gave Rangers the chance to secure the three points, and Austin converted from 12 yards to leave Steve Evans' team bottom of the table.

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THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Kelle Roos, Adam Collin.

Defenders: Lewis Buxton, Joe Mattock, Danny Collins, Kirk Broadfoot, Richard Wood, Greg Halford (c), Frazer Richardson, Farrend Rawson, Tom Thorpe.

Midfielders: Lee Freckington, Danny Ward, Emmanuel Ledesma, Paul Green, Aidan White, Grant Ward, Joe Newell, Richard Smallwood.

Attackers: Chris Maguire, Jordan Bowery, Jonson Clarke-Harris, Matt Derbyshire.

 

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