Time for all of us to stand up and fight after thumping – Evans
STEVE Evans has demanded a backlash from his Rotherham United side when "one of the best teams" in the division visit the New York Stadium tomorrow.
Thrashed 5-0 on their travels by Dagenham and Redbridge last weekend, the Millers' colourful boss was left fuming by his side's performance in the East End and has called for his side to come out fighting against the Robins.
"The lads know they have let themselves and everyone connected to the Millers down, but now we need a positive reaction," Evans said.
"We have one of the best teams in League Two coming on Saturday, and they really are dangerous opponents.
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"It is another time for all of us to stand up and be counted. The weak go hiding and the strong stay and fight."
Evans' preparations have been hit by the news that key defender Craig Morgan will miss the game due to an ankle injury.
The Welshman is the latest addition to what Evans has called a 'crippling' injury list, which also sees Morgan's most likely replacement Icelandic international Kari Arnason sidelined.
Veteran goalkeeper Andy Warrington is one of the few Millers players to have survived Evans' revolution since his appointment in April.
The 36-year-old is set to line-up behind a back four of Mark Bradley on the right, Ian Sharps and former Bolton Wanderers man Nicky Hunt in the centre and Josh Morris on the left.
Luke Rooney, a recent loan recruit from Swindon Town, is in line to make his debut at the New York Stadium on the right of a midfield four.
Lee Frecklington and Northern Ireland international Michael O'Connor have been operating in the midfield engine room with former Derby County man Ben Pringle on the left.
Former Robins striker Kayode Odejayi has been first choice for the Millers up front this term, but the big Nigerian has gone 13 games without a goal.
Odejayi, who left the Robins to sign for Barnsley for a then club record £200,000 fee in 2007, partnered Alex Revell up front in the Dagenham loss, but was replaced by former Exeter City man Daniel Nardiello.
Tomorrow's game will see the Robins make their first trip to the sparkling 12,000 capacity New York Stadium.
The £20 million stadium was built on the site of the old Guest and Chrimes foundry, the factory that made the famous fire hydrants that are dotted around the streets of New York.