Rotherham United make their second trip to the Broadfield Stadium this weekend which will see former Reds Manager, Steve Evans, take on former Millers player, Richie Barker.
It will also be a return for Scott Shearer, Claude Davis and Matt Tubbs who played under Evans at Crawley as well as Assistant Manager Paul Raynor.
Rotherham have got two points from their first two games in League One while Crawley have got four points from their opening two games.
Richie Barker – Throughout my career Rotherham is the one I spent the longest time at though it’s unrecognisable now from when I was there. It’s going to be a tough game on Saturday with the players having a real belief coming on the back of last years success. One of the pleasing things for me is that we’ve had six different goal scorers already this season and I’ve always said that what makes you difficult to play against is when you have goal scorers all over the pitch
Steve Evans – My Chairman knows that I still speak to the owners of Crawley two or three times a week. It started off as a working relationship which became a working stroke friendship and that friendship will remain for ever. It will be an interesting game with former Millers favourite Richie Barker being the Manager now there, who I don’t really know, and he’s put his own stamp on the club and, from a distance, I can only think that he’s done a great job. The success I got at Crawley gave me the chance to manage a club like Rotherham. We’ve had a frustrating start to the season but, we feel, if we beat Crawley people will say we’ve had a super start.
Crawley Town Team News:
Richie Barker has no new injury worries ahead of this game but could give former Millers loanee winger Luke Rooney his first start of the season tomorrow. Joe Walsh should keep his place after being on the score sheet already while Kyle McFadzean and Connor Essam could find themselves back in the starting eleven.
Player to watch: Joe Walsh
Former Swansea left back who can also play in centre of defence. Has scored three goals for Crawley this season.
Rotherham United Team News:
Rotherham United have no fresh injury worries going into this game. Steve Evans is hopeful that striker Daniel Nardiello will make it to the bench after a hamstring problem but it is thought that Danny Hylton needs more minutes under his belt after suffering a back injury in pre-season. Evans has said that he could change things around and most of the players who haven’t had game time yet played in the reserve game and a practice game this week. He could also consider starting Kari Arnason (Iceland) and Michael O’Connor (Northern Ireland) on the bench after being away on International duty
Player to watch: Michael O’Connor
Midfielder who is getting stronger with every game and was an unused sub for Northern Ireland in mid-week
JAMES LININGTON from the Isle of Wight
he Millers entertain Shrewsbury Town at the New York Stadium next Saturday when it will be a 3.00pm kick-off