Rotherham United and Crawley Town meet for the first time ever today at Don Valley.
Crawley, who took the Conference by storm last season, go into this game riding high in second spot, with twelve points more than the Millers in eleventh.
The Millers go into this game on the back of three wins and three draws and the last time they lost at Don Valley was at the beginning of October to Burton.
The Red Devils haven’t lost since September and come into this game having beaten Oxford last week in the League and the week before beating League One side Bury in the FA Cup.
Andy Scott – Crawley convincingly won the Conference last year and are doing very, very well this year. They are a very strong side and it’s well documented about the money they’ve got but you’ve still got to buy the right players and they’ve done that. Tubbs and Barnett up front are excellent players and they’ve got Torres and McFadzean at centre-half and they’ve got David Hunt who is a solid player. They are playing with confidence and everyone I’ve spoken to about them say they are a very, very tough side to beat. They score a lot of goals and are very strong and powerful and will be going for it. I’m anticipating a good, entertaining game.
Steve Evans – It’s going to be a tough game but, at the moment, our players can’t wait for a match day to come around. The lads are full of confidence, they have trained with their usual intensity this week and it’s a test we are looking forward to. I have a lot of respect for Andy Scott, their manager who will be desperate to get Rotherham promoted. They are definitely one of the clubs I regard as rivals for the play-offs that we are targeting so we will need to be at our best to get a positive result.
Rotherham United Team News:
The Millers will be without Gareth Evans who has a foot injury but have loaned Sam Wood from Brentford who will probably start in his place. Guy Branston is available again after not being able to play against his parent club last week.
Player to watch: Lewis Grabban
Millers top scorer so far this season and will want to get his eleventh goal this afternoon
Crawley Town Team News:
Crawley will be without Kyle McFadzean, who received his fifth yellow card last week and Claude Davies will probably come in to take his place. Steve Evans says he may ‘tweak’ one or two things
Player to watch: Pablo Mills
Will want to come back to his old club and get all three points
Match Facts & Stats
Andy Haines from Tyne and Wear
The Millers take a rest from the league next Saturday and travel to Shrewsbury in the second round of the FA Cup