Evans up for derby clash

ROTHERHAM United manager Steve Evans says he wants to beat old foes Chesterfield for the supporters, the chairman and former boss Ronnie Moore.

Tomorrow's visit to the newly-named Proact Stadium is the Millers' first since they were trounced 5-0 there on live TV 18 months ago, a result which cost Moore his job.

While Evans fully understands the reasons why chairman Tony Stewart had to act in the wake of such a high-profile defeat, he knows how much pride can be wounded by losses in local derbies.

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Backed by nearly 2,000 supporters, Rotherham will be out to try and exact some revenge and Evans knows that a victory would help lift everyone with bitter memories of that night.

He told Advertiser: "Ronnie Moore has been good with me and I know how much he cares for this club.

"The big man would be the first to accept that his time here has come and gone but that defeat hurt\!q him. When I was at Boston I lost a derby 6-0 at home to Grimsby so I appreciate how it feels.

"It would nice to win and speak to him on Saturday night and say 'a bit of that was for you' and put a smile on his face, but we ultimately want to win for our supporters and the chairman.

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"It's a derby and there is pride and local bragging rights at stake. We have to be in the trenches at 3 o'clock ready for battle because if you're not then you could find yourself two down.

"We are going to fill the away end and I would ask every single supporter to get behind us."

Last night the Millers had 250 of their allocation of 1,900 tickets remaining, on sale from the new ticket office due to open at the New York Stadium at 11am today.