We'll battle on, says Evans

ROTHERHAM United take a break from league pressures on Saturday when they tackle Bradford City in the first round of the FA Cup.

The Yorkshire rivals meet at the New York Stadium with the Millers striving to end a run of five matches without a win.

They came agonisingly close to ending the sequence against Colchester at the weekend only to be pegged back by a stoppage-time equaliser to draw 2-2.

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As in many recent matches, they deserved more and now manager Steve Evans is urging his players to battle on until their luck changes.

He said: "We're not deserving what we're getting at the minute. We created enough good situations and chances to have killed the game and when you score two goals at home then you should win.

"We're getting on the wrong end of everything and all we can do is get in the trenches and fight to make it turn."

Saturday's tie is followed by a trip to Hartlepool United next Tuesday in the northern area quarter-finals of the Football League Trophy.

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Still only a couple of points off the play-off frame in League One, the Millers return to league action away to Stevenage next Saturday. This week's opponents sit four places above them.

The club's youth prospects, meanwhile, progressed to the second round of the FA Youth Cup with an epic win over Fleetwood Town at the New York Stadium last night.

They won a penalty shootout 7-6 after the tie finished 1-1 after extra time.