Evans demands best from his players

ROTHERHAM United boss Steve Evans is challenging his players to produce their best in the crucial remaining 13 matches of the season, starting with tomorrow's Championship six-pointer against Millwall.

After a punishing run of matches against better higher ranked sides that culminated in back-to-back away losses to Wolves and Watford, the really serious business starts now.

This weekend's tussle at a packed AESSEAL New York Stadium kicks off a run of more winnable matches which continues when Cardiff City visit on Tuesday.

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Just three points separate Rotherham and Millwall in the third and final relegation spot and with Blackpool and Wigan even further adrift, it's a chance for the Millers to pull further clear of the team that currently carries the biggest threat to their place in the Championship.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Evans stopped short of calling it the most important match of his time in charge but acknowledges it's an opportunity to claim a big win and set  standards to carry through the run-in.

He said: “In terms of big games, they can never be bigger than Aldershot at home and the Wembley play-off final because we needed to win both of them to go up but this is the biggest of the season so far. If any team has to win it more, it's Millwall, but we'd be happy to win because it will lift us further clear of the bottom three.

“It's an important time. I remember looking at the fixtures last summer and saying to the chairman that after we came out of Watford at the end of February that, wherever we are, the remaining matches would be up to us and that we'd be good enough to win every one of them.

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“We've 13 games to go and we need to be at something like our best in the majority of them to get points on the board.”

Less than 300 tickets remained in the home stands last night, with another five-figure gate expected.